Project SEARCH Arizona

Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace.

The goal -- to help young people with significant disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life.

The researched based transition program follows a strategic fidelity model provided by the national office to train interns on transferable and marketable skills to prepare them for competitive integrated employment. Data from 2018 showed that interns in Arizona had an average of 89 percent employment rate compared to the national employment rate of 77 percent.  

The UArizona Sonoran UCEDD and its community partners started the first Arizona Project SEARCH pilot program at the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) at South Campus in August 2009. Since then, planning partners expanded the model not only to additional communities in Arizona but also to new industries (university, medical technology, hospitality, and distribution logistics) – increasing participant capacity and providing opportunities for hands-on training and career exploration on a wider scale.

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Tucson Programs:

High School Transition (HST) Programs:
  • Banner University Medical Center/South Campus
  • University of Arizona Campus

Young Adult Program
  • Banner University Medical Center - Tucson Campus

Phoenix Programs:

Young Adult Programs: 
West Valley:
  • Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa
  • SanMar
  • Luke Air Force Base
High School Transition (HST) Programs:
North Phoenix: 
  • Mayo Clinic 
  • Paradise Valley Unified School District
East Phoenix:
  • Banner Gateway 
  • Gilbert Public Schools

For application and information, go to 

Heather Wolff, Project SEARCH | Arizona
Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
1521 E. Helen St.
Tucson, Arizona 85721
520-404-1073 (phone) | 520-626-0081 (fax)