Project Work is an employment program for individuals with disabilities that is innovative and a unique, employer-driven model. Our two project sites are based at Riverview Health and Agape Therapeutic Riding Center. Project Work is a great opportunity for Noblesville Schools’ students with disabilities between the ages 17-23 as part of their high school education. A Noblesville School District teacher will provide support and instruction to these students in a classroom setting, at the work-site, in the form of an internship at the work site.
Project Work is a transitional school-to-work program. The goal is to immerse students in the off-campus work-site as a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and on-the-job training and support. The ultimate goal for each student is competitive employment of at least 20 hours as a school an adult that has met the qualifications for transitioning from the school environment. The program provides 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.
To be considered for the program the student must:
- Be between 17-22 years of age at the start of the Project Work school year
- Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills
- Have independent daily living skills
- Maintain the behavior and social skills expected by the host business
- Take direction from supervisors and change behavior when needed
- Be able to communicate needs effectively with or without assistance
- Preferably have previous experience in a work environment (i.e. school, volunteer, paid work)
- Be able to pass a drug screen, criminal history check and immunizations as required
- Desire and plan to work competitively in the community for a minimum of 20 hours at the conclusion of the Project Work program
- Have excellent attendance during his/her high school education
- Be independently functioning within his/her high school environment.