A Garland ISD transition program was recently honored by the Garland Chamber of Commerce. Project SEARCH, a one-year program for students with disabilities, was recognized for its partnership with two local businesses—Atlas Copco and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—during a ribbon cutting ceremony this fall.
Introduced in GISD in 2012, the immersion training program kicked off a partnership with Atlas Copco—the first Project SEARCH division in the nation to partner with a manufacturing company.
“This is our fourth year [working with Project SEARCH]. It is like we are one big family,” said Jessica Conner, Vice President of Human Resources at Atlas Copco. “Our employees love it, and they look forward to working with the students. They are better trainers, better employees and they value the students’ work. When we see our colleagues from Project SEARCH working side-by-side, it seems very natural. I cannot advocate for this program more than I do now.”
Students enrolled in the program experience a total immersion training internship, practicing real-life work tasks and learning independent living skills. The program demonstrates a collaborative approach that brings GISD, employers, community research providers and rehabilitation services together to create a productive and comprehensive transition experience for students.
In 2015-16, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center joined forces with Project SEARCH, expanding the program’s offerings. See GRS-TV’s video to learn more about Project SEARCH’s newest alliance.