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Project SEARCH: Transition-to-work internship program

Brunswick County Schools Project SEARCH Open House/Informational Session

Attention: Parents, Students, Educators and Friends... 

Please join us for an informational session about how students with developmental disabilities can become involved in a unique “transition-to-work” internship program for the 2020-21 school year!  (Scroll down for Open House Dates/Times)


Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center has partnered with Project SEARCH to provide internship experience for students ages 18 to 21 with developmental disabilities. The partnership is a collaboration of Novant Health, Brunswick Community College, Brunswick County Schools and the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.



Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. To reach that goal, the program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with developmental disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life. The Project SEARCH model involves an extensive period of skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers and employers. 


“We are proud to work with our partners to meet the needs of our students with developmental disabilities. By providing teaching resources on-site at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, we can help successfully transition these students to the workforce,” said Melissa Quinlan, executive director of exceptional children and student support services at Brunswick County Schools.


The program will launch at Brunswick Medical Center in August 2020. Over the next several months, potential Project SEARCH students within Brunswick County Schools can apply to join the program. Each student will be required to pass a skills assessment evaluation and participate in an interview as part of the process. Once accepted into the program, student interns will report to Brunswick Medical Center instead of their classroom for the entire school year. Student interns will rotate through a number of job roles at the hospital. 


Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP), located at Brunswick Community College, will provide the skills trainer for the program, and once the internships are complete, the job coach. 



Open House/Informational Sessions will be held at the locations, dates and times listed below...

  • January 16, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., West Brunswick High School

Room 119 550 Whiteville Road Shallotte, NC 28470 

Contact: Tianna Buie at (910) 754-4338 or 

  • January 22, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., South Brunswick High School

Room 151 280 Cougar Drive, BSL Southport, NC 28461 

Contact: Catherine Hart at (910) 845-2203 or 

  • January 29, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., North Brunswick High School

Room 201 114 Scorpion Drive Leland, NC 28451 

Contact: Gray Connelly at (910) 371-2261 or 

We look forward to you seeing you there! 

Contact Yolanda Warren, Regional Coordinator, at or (910) 274-1055 if you have any questions or need assistance.