Project SEARCH at UK HealthCare

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UK HealthCare is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that fosters competitive employment for people in our community. Working with Project SEARCH, Fayette County Public Schools and the Kentucky Career Center, we are introducing a new program that offers an integrated work experience to Fayette County students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

A transition-to-work program, Project SEARCH at UK HealthCare offers young people immersive job experiences to help them develop new skills. Participants can expect coaching and instruction that is tailored to them.

Fayette County students will be selected for this program based on their families' post-secondary goals and transition plans, as well as the students' interests, strengths and skills. Our launch date will be the 2023-2024 school year with planning and selection throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

UK HealthCare hopes to offer competitive employment opportunities that may include these areas:

  • Receiving
  • Materials
  • Environmental Services
  • Office of Patient Experience

Partnering with Project SEARCH allows our team to draw on the strengths of an internationally recognized program. This new program also advances our commitment to support our community and our employees. At UK HealthCare, we value an inclusive work culture. Through equal and fair opportunities, we support people of all backgrounds to reach the highest potential in their health and life.

Project SEARCH will launch at UK HealthCare in August 2023. 

For more information about Project SEARCH, please send us an email.

About Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a nine-month internship program for young people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This program gives participants an opportunity to work in a setting that promotes teaching and learning. At the same time, they will grow new skills to become competitive in their field of choice. This empowers interns to gain independence, confidence and self-esteem while making connections for their future.

From its start as a single program site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Project Search has grown to an international network of sites. With 669 program sites in 48 U.S. states and nine countries, Project Search has served more than 34,000 people.

Learn how Project SEARCH has impacted hospital systems by watching the below video from East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

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Project SEARCH helps interns at East Tennessee Children's Hospital find a bright future
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