About the Program
Lancaster General Health is proud to partner with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, and the Lancaster County Office of Behavioral Health/Developmental Services in Project SEARCH, a workplace immersion program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the program is to help student graduates secure competitive employment.
Reach for the Stars!
Developed at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, the model has been replicated at more than 350 medical, business and hospitality venues nationally and internationally. “Reach for the Stars!,” the theme at LG Health, encourages student interns to strive beyond their comfort zone to improve their work skills and increase their ability to gain and retain employment.
Students in their last year of high school attend class onsite at our downtown Lancaster location and participate in three unpaid worksite internships, building communication, problem-solving, and job-specific skills. The curriculum concentrates on work, social, and life skills.
Work rotations begin in the second month of the program when students spend approximately eight weeks, four hours daily, at each worksite.
A Project SEARCH staff member provides training for the first 3-5 days at each site, depending on factors such as the complexity of the job, tasks to be learned, and the needs of the staff. The student intern, job trainers, and teacher work together to determine which worksites are appropriate for each intern.
LG Health hosts
Worksite internships are the foundation of the Project SEARCH program. Students have been immersed in 25 departments at LG Health, including the Emergency Department, Food Services, Housekeeping, Laboratory, Sterile Processing, Patient Transport, Laundry, and hospital units.
Our program is managed by our Volunteer Services Department. LG Health managers/supervisors interested in hosting an intern, please contact Volunteer Services at 717-544-5005 for more details.