A new program in the Guelph area aims to help people with developmental disabilities prepare for the workforce. Project SEARCH is a training program that gives students hands-on work experience and workplace skills. There are more than 750 Project SEARCH sites around the world, with 16 in Canada. Guelph will start theirs in September 2024.
Students in their final year of high school can apply for the program. Each year, it will take 10 students who will be working at the University of Guelph in various departments. They will also have a classroom set up at the university to attend during the school year.
The goal is for students to gain competitive employment after graduation. The program is a collaboration with the Wellington Catholic District School Board, the University of Guelph, Upper Grand District School Board, and the March of Dimes Canada. There will be supports in place for these students once they graduate and go out into the workforce. The program has been successful in other regions, with students being able to be productive and earn a living. An information night will take place on Tues. Feb. 6 at the University of Guelph’s University Centre, Room UC 422 starting at 6:30 p.m.
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