About Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH was developed in 1996 by nurse J. Erin Riehle. At the time, she was the emergency department director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As the flagship program, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provides technical assistance and overall leadership to Project SEARCH worldwide.

Project SEARCH has grown to include more than 400 programs across 42 states and six countries.

Project SEARCH – Rice Lake, WI area’s first graduating class in 2016/2017! Back row: Katy, Brent, Nick, Ryan. Front row: Dakota, Briana, and Shyanna

Our local Project SEARCH began in 2016 with 8 interns learning vocational skills at the host business Rice Lake Weighing Systems.

The program has grown, including celebrating graduates who have gained vocational skills and full-time employment after successfully completing the program. We include Rice Lake, WI area high school students as well as other young adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18-24.