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Project SEARCH at Armstrong

Real-life experiences. Real-life differences. 

What is Project SEARCH?

What is Project SEARCH?

Project SEARCH is a high school transition program for adults with developmental disabilities. The focus is on the development of transferable and marketable skills as well as independent living. The mission of Project SEARCH is to help each student participant gain competitive employment. The program uses workplace immersion, classroom instruction, career exploration, and job skills training to accomplish program goals. Project SEARCH began in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Currently the model has been implemented in over 300 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. Project SEARCH is a unique transformational program that allows members of the community and individuals with disabilities to discover their capabilities.

Project SEARCH at Armstrong

Project SEARCH at Armstrong

Project SEARCH in Savannah is a collaborative effort between the Savannah-Chatham County School System, St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital, Armstrong State University, Coastal Center for Developmental Services, and Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation. Project SEARCH began in Savannah at Candler Hospital in 2008. The program expanded to St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2011. After losing their onsite classroom, which is a key element of the program model, at St. Joe's due to restructuring of departments, Project SEARCH Savannah was very close to facing a setback. However, Transition Specialist Dr. JayJay Hendrix and the Dean of the College of Education at Armstrong at the time guaranteed this did not happen by bringing Project SEARCH to Armstrong. In just a few months an onsite classroom, intern placements in various departments, and other essential program components were secured to ensure the program would remain intact. Armstrong opened their doors for the Project SEARCH program and allows student interns the opportunity to have a real world work experience on campus. Since 2013, there have been 26 Armstrong program graduates and the majority of these graduates have obtained employment as a result of their internship with Project SEARCH at Armstrong.



Project SEARCH at Armstrong produces monthly newsletters to communicate different initiatives, activities, and opportunities for involvement with a range of stakeholders. Please click the links below to view.

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016


Meet the class of 2017

An ethnically mixed group of young people in matching shirts with the Project Search logo. There are 2 girls and 6 boys.

From left to right: Top- Chris, Gregory, Herman, Matthew, Daniel, and Andre Bottom- Angel P and Angel D

Meet the Project SEARCH team at Armstrong

a young white man with two older women, one white, one black
JayJay Hendrix, Transition Specialist and Gwen Brown, Skills Trainer pictured with Project SEARCH intern Matthew

Does your department/job site want to get involved?

Contact JayJay with your name, department/job site, and potential positions available.


Read More College of Education Brown Bag Professional Development Series

(March 09, 2017) Dr. Linda Ann McCall will be discussing brain-based learning. 

Read More Represent the College of Education: Student Scholars Symposium

(February 17, 2017) The 23rd Annual Student Scholars Symposium will be held on April 19-20, 2017.

Read More College of Education Brown Bag Lecture Series | Spring 2017

(February 17, 2017) The Bryan County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Paul Brooksher, and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Brad Anderson, will be discussing employment opportunities in Bryan County. 

Read More APPLY NOW 2017-2018 Armstrong Scholarships

(February 09, 2017) The deadline to submit your 2017-18 Armstrong Scholarship Application is fast approaching! 

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