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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 600 Project SEARCH sites throughout the United States and internationally. 

Goodwill supports three Project SEARCH sites in Wisconsin - Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and Andis Company, partnering with the Department of Workforce Development's and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Department of Health Services (DHS), CESA #1, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and Racine Unified School District (RUSD) to provide unique training opportunities for young adults in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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, 76% 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 the Milwaukee area.

The Milwaukee County Zoo  

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  • Animal Commissary & Health Center
  • Aquatic & Reptile Center
  • Aviary
  • Education Department
  • Environmental Services
  • Food Service
  • Gift Shop & Warehouse
  • Grounds & Maintenance
  • Horticulture
  • Visitor Services
  • Zoological Society

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

ANDIS Company, Inc.

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  • Assembly
  • Custodial
  • Fixed Blades Assembly
  • I.T.
  • Machine Shop
  • Maintenance/Utilities
  • Material Handling


Project SEARCH Application for Milwaukee County Zoo

Project SEARCH Application for MKE Airport


For more information on this program contact Theresa Brugger at Theresa.Brugger@goodwillsew.com or 414-831-7169.

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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