ProjectSEARCH student Ruth S., class of 2020, manages inventory during her internship at Winchester Medical Center.

Building Brighter Futures

NW Works is proud to participate in ProjectSEARCH, a collaborative program run in partnership with Valley Health, Winchester Public Schools, Frederick County Public Schools, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. This globally recognized program, which originated in Cincinnati, OH, at a local Children’s Hospital, was initially designed to provide a solution to turn-over issues in the emergency room department. As the program began to develop, the focus shifted to creating training opportunities for high school students with disabilities as they prepare to graduate. This highly successful program expanded from Ohio to several other states in the US and to other countries as well and is now available in Winchester, VA.

Through this collaboration, students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and are in their final year of school are eligible to participate in three different internships, each lasting nine weeks. Graduates of the Project Search program gain important job skills and often attain employment prior to or immediately following completion of the program.

ProjectSEARCH Placements

Nutrition Department

Winchester Medical Center gift shop

Winchester Medical Center pharmacy

and more.

Contact us today to learn if ProjectSEARCH is right for you!

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