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Project SEARCH -- Distribution Logistics Technician

Next start:  Summer 2015.  The application for admission will be available Spring 2015.   

Project SEARCH - Distribution Logistics Technician is modeled on an internationally recognized employment training program developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). 

Project SEARCH  programs provide young people with disabilities access to quality unpaid internships for hands-on training and career exploration.  The program takes place within the host college and businesses where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and the acquisition of employable and competitive work skills.

The SouthWest Skill Center has partnered with Sonoran UCEDD University of Arizona  (aka Project SEARCH Arizona) and the Western Maricopa Education Center  (West-MEC) to develop training encompassing the Distribution Logistics Technician curriculum in two models: High School Transition and Young Adult. 

The High School Transition (HST) model is a nine month program designed for high school students, between 18 to 21 years of age, who have a disability and are nearing high school graduation.  Potential students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • have a strong desire/commitment to work competitively
  • agree that the program year will be his/her final year in high school
  • be willing to utilize public transportation (if necessary) to access the program and competitive employment
  • maintain appropriate behavior and social skills in the workplace without immediate supervision
  • agree to exit educationally relevant related services
  • be willing to work at least 20 hours per week after program completion
  • meet program entrance and host business requirements

The Young Adult (YA) Model is similar to the HST model but trains young adults, age 18-26, who have already exited high school.  In addition to the requirements listed above, prospective interns must be in-plan with or in the process of applying to Vocational Rehabilitation (AZDES Rehabilitation Services Administration) or be eligible for ALTCS services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  The YA program starts FALL 2013 and the HST model will launch in Fall 2014.

The Skill Center's Project SEARCH - Distribution Logistics program is structured to help interns build communication and problem-solving skills as well as job specific skills through work site rotations.  Following orientation to work site protocols and culture, and gaining knowledge in the enhanced distribution logistics curriculum, interns will complete multiple unpaid rotations during the program year.  The intern, instructor, and job coach work together to select work sites based on the intern's interest and skills. 

The SWSC's Project SEARCH - Distribution Logistics program offers 1080 hours of hands-on learning.  Interns have the opportunity for career exploration through internships in a variety of departments within the host business.  Interns also acquire competitive, transferable, and marketable job skills.  The on-site individualized instruction, support, and accommodations help interns gain independence, confidence, and self-esteem.