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Project SEARCH

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Project SEARCH is an innovative, business-led, school to work transition program for young adults with disabilities. Project SEARCH began in 1996 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. There are over 500 Project SEARCH sites throughout the United States and internationally. 

Goodwill partners with the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport along with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Department of Health Services (DHS), CESA #1 and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to offer unique training rotations for individuals in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Project SEARCH benefits young adults through:

  • Career exploration, training and internship experience
  • Experience in community organization and workplace culture
  • Development of job skills and independence
  • Work-based learning that promotes
    • Problem-solving
    • Teamwork
    • Social relationships

The goal for individuals in Project SEARCH is to develop job and social skills through on-site internship experiences that lead to competitive employment in the community. In the state of Wisconsin, 88% of individuals who complete Project SEARCH have achieved employment.

Building Independence: Project SEARCH Overview


The Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport are two Project SEARCH sites  in our area.

The Milwaukee County Zoo  

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  • Zoological Society
  • Welcome Center & Guest Services
  • Food Service
  • Small Mammal Building
  • Aviary
  • Aquatic & Reptile Center
  • Environmental Services
  • Grounds & Maintenance
  • Animal Commissary & Health Center
  • Gift Shop/Novelties
  • Warehouse




Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport 

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Paradies Lagardere

  • Stocking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Delivery

HMSHost–Food Service

  • Cleaning, Dishwashing, Customer Service, Stocking, Serving and Preparing Food




Project SEARCH Application for Milwaukee County Zoo

Project SEARCH Application for MKE Airport


For more information on this program contact Theresa Brugger at or (414) 847-1957.

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Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200

James O. Wright Center forWork & Training
Tel: (414) 353-6400

Metropolitan Chicago -
Tel: (312) 994-1440