The Bethel Park School District was recognized for its participation in and support of Project SEARCH.
Project SEARCH recently celebrated its 10th anniversary at UPMC Mercy, and the Bethel Park School District was one of 30 area school districts who were recognized for sending students to the program. Representing Bethel Park at the event were Director of Special Education Lori Sutton and Bethel Park High School Special Education Teacher Julie Hernandez.
Bethel Park High School students who have benefitted from participating in the program are:
- Emily Sullivan (2014-2015)
- Ellie McGregor (2017-2019)
- Andrew Dixon (2018-2019)
Bethel Park High School student Hannah Conroy has been accepted to attend the program in 2019-2020.
UPMC Project SEARCH is a one-year training and education program immersed in the workplace, leading to employment for individuals with disabilities.
Modeled on a nationally recognized program developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UPMC Project SEARCH provides students ages 18-21 with real-life work experience based on the individual’s preferences and interests.
UPMC Project SEARCH prepares students for competitive employment by teaching:
- Specific job skills
- Job readiness skills
- Work etiquette/code of conduct
- Work social skills
- Interviewing skills
Students learn these skills while participating in three job training rotations at the host site.