Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. Students who want to work have the chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The goal of the Project SEARCH program is competitive employment for each intern.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH affords students the opportunity to put employability skills into practice. For five days a week, students report to the host business and learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in targeted internships.

They receive support with accommodations, adaptations, and on-the-job coaching. Students who have completed all academic requirements for graduation from high school may apply for enrollment in Project SEARCH. Participants must be 18 to 21 years old.

Project SEARCH of the Black Hills held its graduation celebration on May 3, 2021 at Rapid Skillz!

This year 21 businesses located in Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, and Hot Springs partnered with the program to provide internships for students. Nine interns graduated and have already found or are working toward permanent employment!

Thank you to local partners: About You Physical Therapy, Barnyard Vet, Black Hills Bagels, Black Hills State University, Creekside Christian School, DuPont Realty, Fischer Furniture, Forget-Me-Not Floral, Fork Real Cafe, Godfrey Brake, Hot Springs Elementary, Love, Inc., Monument Health in Rapid City and Sturgis, Rapid City Area Schools, Rapid Skillz, Runnings in Rapid City and Sturgis, Southwest Middle School, Sturgis Meats, and the YMCA.