Project SEARCH®

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Project SEARCH® is a unique, business-led, nine-month employment readiness training program for young adults with developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of employability training, work, and life skills: money management, professionalism, technology, soft skills, and social skills. Interns complete 3 ten-week internship rotations at a partnering host business with the goal of gaining the necessary skills to obtain competitive integrated employment. 

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) supports ten (10) Project SEARCH sites:

  • Washington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) – Fayetteville
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) – Little Rock
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) – Little Rock
  • Ouachita County Medical Center (OCMC) – Camden
  • St. Bernards Regional Medical Center (SBRMC) – Jonesboro
  • Mercy Hospital Fort Smith – Fort Smith
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) – Pine Bluff
  • Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (SMRMC) – Russellville
  • Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas – Rogers
  • CHI St. Vincent - Hot Springs

ARS provides this evidence-based employment readiness training in partnership with three vendors:  Lifestyles, Inc., ACCESS Group, Inc., and Friendship Community Cares, Inc.  The competitive integrated employment outcomes achieved by Project SEARCH participants is 70% to 100%.