DRS' Transition: School-to-Work program works in collaboration with partners to offer a program dedicated to providing education and employment preparation opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Project SEARCH originated with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and is a one-year, worksite-based school-to-work program. Participants complete between three and four rotations of 10 weeks each on various jobs within a host employment setting. DRS has five programs at this time—three young adult programs in Oklahoma City, one young adult program in Yukon, and one high school transition program for seniors in Enid. The programs include the following partners.
Young Adult Programs
- Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Mercy Health Systems, OU-NCDET, Dale Rogers Training Center, and DRS
- Metro Technology Centers, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Dale Rogers Training Center, OU-NCDET, and DRS
- FTTC, Canadian Valley Technology Center (CVTC), INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Inc., Dale Rogers Training Center, OU-NCDET, and DRS
- CVTC, INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Dale Rogers Training Center, OU-NCDET, and DRS
High School Transition Programs
- Enid Public Schools, INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center, CDSA, OU-NCDET, DRS
The mission of this program is to maximize the potential of people with disabilities through competitive employment in non-traditional jobs or traditional jobs in non-traditional settings. DRS provides individualized vocational guidance and funding for job coaches, training, technical assistance and project management through a contract with the OU-NCDET. For more information about Project SEARCH™, contact the DRS transition coordinator, by phone at 405-635-2768, or e-mail. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma Project SEARCH Facebook page for upcoming events and important information.