Project SEARCH

  • A one-year program for Wake County Public School students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides the following:
    • Total workplace immersion
    • Internship rotation, career exploration, and job skill aquisition
    • Customizable job search assistance
    • Competitive goal-reaching employment
  • How it works:
    Students complete three unique internships on a community site. During the internship they work alongside a job coach to find employment. Once employed, students receive in-job training and support. After stabilization, students can continue to receive long term vocational support for the duration of their employment.
  • Eligibility:
    • Young adult - 18 to early adult years
    • Appropriate hygienic, social, and communicative skills
    • Ability to take direction and change behavior
    • Access public transportation or have transportation available
    • Pass drug screening, background checks, and immunizations required by host business
    • Application and selection process (final decision lies with employer)
    • A strong desire to work hard

Student Transitions

The Student Transitions program is designed to provide job readiness evaluation and training for WCPSS students during their junior and senior/exiting year.  This program is open to students who are receiving special services and are referred by their WCPSS teacher.  The components of this program are vocational interest testing, work activities at one of our community sites, and classes on a variety of work related topics. Students attend Tuesday through Thursday each week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, receive individual job task instruction under close supervision, and are paid the federal minimum wage for the time worked at any of our community sites.

Please email for more information, or call 919-231-3325 and ask for the Project SEARCH Coordinator.

Please email for more information, or call 919-231-3325 and ask for the Student Transitions Manager.