HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The Project SEARCH® program at The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) hosted a job fair last month on the Hattiesburg campus to promote the hiring of youth with disabilities.
Several Pine Belt area businesses set up booths at the fair to offer opportunities in the following areas:
• Internships/job shadowing
• Volunteer positions
• Part-time/full-time summer and other jobs
• Build employment skills – interview skills, social and communication skills, and professional/interpersonal skills
Area high schools partnering with IDS include, Hattiesburg High, Petal High and Oak Grove High. IDS provided weekly pre-employment training for each of the high schools' special education classes with students who have disabilities from February-April.
"The event was purposely developed as a small scale event providing an opportunity for each student to go through at least one interview process," said Jin Joo M. Crosby, Project SEARCH® coordinator at Southern Miss.
The goal of Project SEARCH® is to increase the number of young adults with intellectual/cognitive and other developmental disabilities to obtain competitive, community-based employment. Project SEARCH® is an eight-month training program that consists of daily employment preparatory skills training, community development, mentoring services and work internships.
The Southern Miss program targets young adults age 18-30. For more information, contact Crosby at 601.266.6037. To learn more about the Institute for Disability Studies, call 601.266.5163 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/disability-studies