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Project SEARCH Program Earns Recognition

The Project SEARCH program is a unique partnership between multiple agencies in the Kansas City area to provide students transition opportunities between high school and competitive employment. Two representatives from NKC Schools, Rita Richards and Dana Flournoy McGaw, along with Lisa Antonini from the Center for Human Services, were selected to present last month at the 13th Annual International Project SEARCH Conference in Anaheim, CA.  

Their presentation focused on the uniqueness of the Kansas City site, which goes beyond the traditional one host business site to include five host businesses: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and UMKC School of Dentistry. Having multiple host businesses opens up more opportunities for the participating interns and allows them to generalize skills to other work settings. 

The Kansas City Health Sciences District Project SEARCH program integrates multiple agencies working together to bridge the transition from high school to competitive employment. The agencies are: North Kansas City School District, Vocational Rehabilitation of MO, Center for Human Services, and Goodwill. In the last six years the program has averaged a 95% employment rate for students who complete it!

Project SEARCH group

NKCS representatives Rita Richards and Dana Flournoy McGaw pictured
with Lisa Antonini and Project SEARCH founders Susie Rutkowski and Erin Riehle