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If you are interested in more information, please call:
Contact: Patricia Brecht, Manager, Recruitment and Appointments
Office: Jacobsen Hall, Room 214
Phone: 315 464-4938
Email: brechtp@upstate.edu

High School Transition Program

The Project Search High School Transition Program is a one-year educational program for students with disabilities who are in their
last year of high school. It is for students whose main goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a health
care or business setting in which total immersion in the workplace facilitates teaching and learning through feedback and application of new skills.

Eligibility Criteria:Project Search

Potential participants for the High School Transition Program must meet the following criteria:

  • 18-21 years old
  • In last year of high school eligibility
  • Desire to work in the community
  • Be willing to access independent transportation options
  • Meet all academic requirements for graduation (with deferred graduation)
  • Have basic communication skills
  • Have appropriate social, grooming and hygiene skills
  • Have independent toileting and feeding skills
  • Be able to pass a drug screen and felony check
  • Have updated immunizations
  • Have achieved second or third grade reading and math levels

Individualized job development and placement begins after the
rotations are completed. Students are given support through
on-the-job coaching and work site accommodations with the ultimate goal of independence.

A typical school day includes:

  • Classroom instruction in employability and independent living skills
  • Participation at one of the work sites at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Lunch with peers whenever possible
  • Feedback from mentors and/or supervisors
Program Host Agency:
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Partner Agencies:

  • Syracuse City School DistrictARC of Onondaga
  • CNY Developmental Disabilities Services Office (CNY DDSC)
  • Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)