What is Project SEARCH Montgomery?

 

In September of 2012, Montgomery County Government launched Project SEARCH-Montgomery in partnership with SEEC, The Ivymount School, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Maryland Department of Rehabilitative Services. The program was initiated by County Executive, Isiah Leggett after visiting the Project SEARCH-NIH program in 2011.

 

Twelve young adults recently graduated from the first year of Project SEARCH-Montgomery. Today more than half are employed by the county. In the fall of 2013 an additional 12 interns will begin this 30-week transition-to-work program combining job and community readiness education with a rotation through three 10-week unpaid internships. The program is based across multiple government departments and facilities providing real workplace experiences to enhance the acquisition of marketable work skills and the development of robust resumes. In addition, interns benefit from classroom instruction at the work site to learn and practice fundamental skills to meet workplace expectations.

 

Interns participate in three 10-week internships to explore various career paths.  Below are examples of established internships and tasks participants will perform.

  1. Finance Department Tax Operations-supporting the Homestead Exemption team in identifying non-compliant properties through online database research
  2. Department of General Services’ Fleet Division-supporting the heavy equipment part Parts Shop with organizing, stocking/restocking and general maintenance
  3. Department of General Services’ Facilities Division-supporting the facilities team’s parts shop with organizing, stocking/restocking and general maintenance
  4. Office of Human Resources-assisting HR specialists with basic clerical duties, including employee verification activities and scanning performance evaluation documents
  5. Department of Transportation-assisting administrative personnel with a variety of clerical duties, including collating marketing packets and materials, counting supplies, etc
  6. Department of Permitting Services-assisting the Customer Service and Building Construction units with clerical support, and prepping files for scanning

 

The unique nature of Project Search is that the internships are supported by a full time, business-based support team of two job coaches provided by SEEC, and a full-time instructor, provided by Ivymount. This team provides the daily support and infrastructure to the interns and the internship supervisors to ensure there is overall success.

 

For specific information contact:

Karen Hochberg at Karen.Hochberg@montgomerycountymd.gov

Steve Blanks at sblanks@seeconline.org

Lu Merrick at lmerrick@ivymount.org