Project SEARCH

Program Overview

Project SEARCH is a one-year, high school transition program, hosted at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio, that provides training and education leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. Project SEARCH serves as a workforce alternative for students in their last year of high school. The ultimate goal upon program completion is obtaining competitive employment utilizing the skills students have learned while on their internships and throughout the program. 

Managers at the internship sites work with the Project SEARCH instructor and job coaches to support the students. Students get continual feedback from the internship manager, co-workers, and Project SEARCH staff. Students end their day by reflecting, problem-solving, planning, and journaling their key learnings.

One current student and one alumnus of the Project SEARCH program work together to clean the FMC dining area.

What you will experience

  • Introduction to new skillsets

  • Supervised training

  • Independence

  • Daily objective planning and performance review

  • Internship rotations for a varied experience

  • Employability skills

Sponsored by:

  • Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools

  • Fairfield Medical Center

  • Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities

  • Project SEARCH

  • Rehabilitation Services Commission (BVR)

A Project SEARCH student sits next to his supervisor.

What else do I need to know?


401 N Ewing St.
Lancaster, OH 43130

Program Length

This program is a one-year, high school transition program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Meet your instructor

Linda Ferguson headshot

Linda Ferguson