What is Project SEARCH®?
Brianna is a Project SEARCH® participant through the Rochester City School District. Project SEARCH® is a one year, school to work transition program that began at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Project SEARCH® combines classroom instruction with meaningful internship experiences to meet the goal of employment for each participant.
Brianna’s Internship Through Project SEARCH®
Brianna was formerly an intern at I-Square where she handled fresh produce and food. “My favorite thing to do was slicing pickles,” she said. She learned the ropes on how to prepare foods as well as perform general cleaning duties, like washing dishes, sweeping the floors, taking out the trash and using cleaning chemicals to sanitize and disinfect food areas. “Working with food has been a good experience for me.”
Brianna communicated that before her opportunities/Internship at I-Square she did not know how to make food or cook and thanks to the program she is a part of, she has learned invaluable skills, which are a part of her everyday life. “The [internships] taught me how to work in different work environments,” she explains.
Among Brianna’s other accomplishments, she is a graduate of Hope Hall. Since then Brianna has transitioned to working at (OTR) Operation Transformation Rochester where she updates computer records and handles phone calls with many of the company’s clients.
Having left a positive impression on her employers, Brianna has received potential employment opportunities. “I’m going to be going back to I-Square for my 3rd rotation of my internship and I will be learning how to cook”. Brianna also stated that at the end of her internship at I-Square, she will have a permanent job waiting for her if she does well. Ultimately she would like to work as a Dental Hygienist. Brianna has shown that due to her hard work and perseverance she has accomplished much in her [internships.]
By James Ciambor (Interviewer)
Journalist, supported by Arc of Monroe Job Path program
With years of editorial writing experience under my belt, I work for the Arc with enthusiasm and dedication to writing quality content. I represent not only the community of people who are diagnosed with Asperger’s, but I also use my writings to represent the larger disabled community and their accomplishments and show their ability to be resilient in front of life’s challenges. As a journalist, I have an objective to shed light on daily ongoing stories and events. With the Arc of Monroe, I cover topics concerning the continued growth and advancement of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities throughout our area.