Project SEARCH



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    Real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.




    Through three internships the students acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills.  Students will build:

    • Communication skills
    • Social Behaviors/Workplace Etiquette
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
    • Problem-solving skills

    Worksites are identified through a process involving the teacher, skills trainers, and business liaison.  Worksite locations:

    • Begin a couple of weeks after start of program.
    • Include an on-site department mentor that interacts with the instructor, skills trainers, and student giving constant guidance and feedback.
    • Have students work 4 hours per day with a 30-minute lunch break.
    • Provides job-coaching and teacher support to student interns.


    • Update Patient Records
    • Data Entry
    • Sanitize/Stock Patient Rooms
    • Deliveries Throughout Hospital
    • Alphabetize & Sort
    • Sanitize Equipment
    • Food Preparation
    • Inventory & Stock Supplies
    • Check Expiration Dates
    • Machine & Hand Fold Linens
    • Update Employee Files
    • Customer Service
    • File Paperwork
    • Burn/Shred CD's
    • Telephone Skills


    • Classroom instruction of independent living skills, money and budgeting, workplace ethics and communication skills
    • Extensive period of training and career exploration
    • Innovative adaptations
    • Long-term job coaching
    • Continuous feedback from teacher, skills trainers, and FMH department supervisors/mentors






    Project SEARCH Phone

    Lisa Laqua

    (907) 458-5053

    FNSBSD Project SEARCH Administrator

    Lori Swanson

    (907) 452-2000  ext. 11444

    National Project SEARCH website



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    Project SEARCH serves students with disabilities.  Typically these are students who:

    • Are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
    • Have completed their last year of high school (must defer diploma in order to enroll in Project SEARCH)

    DATES to WATCH for:

    • JANUARY - Open House at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
    • End of February - Applications DUE
    • Mid-March - Interviews with potential interns
    • Early April - Selection of interns announced
    • Beginning of May - ALL additional immunization requirements/enrollment paperwork MUST BE COMPLETED
Last Modified on October 22, 2020