Project SEARCH Alumni Follow Up

Project SEARCH Alumni Follow-up Study (2014).

The purpose of this study was to track long-term employment outcomes of Project SEARCH alumni who attended either National Institutes of Health (NIH) or Montgomery County Government (MCG) Project SEARCH programs between 2010 and 2013. Based on feedback from 29 Project SEARCH alumni, it appears that three quarters are employed for pay, most work between 15-24 hours per week, almost all of these earn more than minimum wage, and just over half receive benefits. Most jobs, paid or volunteer, involve entry level clerical and/or manual tasks. Contact with Project SEARCH staff is less frequent than it was during internships, but for the most part continues to be of high quality. Most alumni are eligible for employment support, and the majority receives it through SEEC. Most alumni continue to live at home with their parents, though almost all have learned to travel independently using public transportation. The majority of alumni are satisfied with their current employment situations, and those who are not are either unemployed or underemployed. A significant majority of parents felt that Project SEARCH did a very good job of preparing alumni for employment, although a few exceptions felt that training and/or support could have been better.

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