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Sector-Based Training Models:

Sector based training models are different from conventional training due to a targeted specific industry that involves strategic partnerships amongst the industry, school/college, and community-based organizations and includes training strategies that benefit both employers and workers that promote positive changes to benefit both employer and worker. As a result of sector-based training with people who have disabilities, many businesses in the private and public sector now recognize the competitive edge this has brought to their corporate world. Project SEARCH is an example of a successful sector-based training model that has been used in the United States and abroad.

In New Hampshire, Project SEARCH is a one year, high school transition healthcare program that provides training and education that may lead to employment for individuals with disabilities. Project SEARCH serves as an alternative for students in their last year high school eligibility. The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Students report to the host business five days a week, where they learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills while participating in a variety of internships/experiences.

  • Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a school-to-work LinkAbilities - New England Region program for students with cognitive Project SEARCH Technical Assistance Center and physical disabilities. By offering total workplace immersion,Project SEARCH facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and on-the-job training and support. Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills. Establishing a Business Advisory Council is a component of the Project SEARCH program.

Contact Information:

Project SEARCH Seacoast NH
Director of Community Education
Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: 603-427-7651

LinkAbilities-New England Region
Project SEARCH Technical Assistance Center or call 603-459-1796

Other Project SEARCH sites:

Ann Potoczak, Director/Community Services
Community Bridges
combined with training in employability 2 Whitney Road, Concord, NH 03301 or call 603-225-4153

Mark Mills, Executive Director
PathWays of the River Valley
654 Main Street, Claremont, NH 03743 or call 603-542-8706

Sheila Mahon, MCST Project Director
121 Railroad Street, Keene, NH 03431 or call 603-352-1304

Sarah Elechko
Business and Employment Consultant
Moore Center Services, Inc.
195 McGregor Street, Unit 400
Manchester, NH 03102

  • START Hospitality Program

The START (Skills, Tasks And Results)Hospitality Certificate Program, developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute for workforce development, is a one-year/three semester 180-hour classroom curriculum and a 200-hour internship program that gives students the real world knowledge and skills needed for a career in the hospital Industry. The program is designed for transition-age youth and adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who seek a smooth transition to work and/or higher level hospitality coursework.

START Hospitality Certificate Program
Director of Community Education
Great Bay Community College
320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: 603-427-7651

Workforce Development Coalitions

Work Development Coalitions are formed to support and coordinate the promotion of employment of persons with disabilities. The Coalitions work with local businesses, vendor organizations, high schools, and other regional service providers to help set a standard for outreach methods to business, improve access to employment services that create more meaningful employment outcomes. Regional workforce coalitions groups and their contact information:

Regional Employment Networking Group
Sheila Mahon–Keene

Greater Nashua Workforce Development Group
Emily Manire–Nashua

Greater Seacoast Workforce Coalition
Heidi Wyman-Dover

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