People with disabilities will benefit from new partnership
Tabor College press release
Tabor College, the Mennonite Brethren college located in Hillsboro, Kansas, has formed a new partnership with Project SEARCH. An agreement between the college and the Marion County Special Education Cooperative was signed January 11 making Tabor the official site of Project SEARCH in Marion County. http://www.projectsearch.us/Home.aspx
While logistical work has begun, the program will officially open in August at the start of the new school year. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. The program at Tabor College will join young adults with disabilities to a work experience while they receive job skills training.
“I am thrilled that Tabor College has this opportunity,” says President Jules Glanzer. “Providing internships for those who have disabilities, helping them adjust to the real world increasing their ability to contribute to society in meaningful ways, is an honor for us.”
Laura Baldwin serves as the Project SEARCH chairperson for Marion County and has been instrumental in bringing Tabor College on board as the work site.
“We’ve always known Tabor to provide an excellent education, but the more we learned about the people at Tabor and the opportunities for young people with disabilities in Marion County we knew it was the right choice for this initiative,” Baldwin says.
Daneen Landis, coordinator of career services and academic support coordinator at Tabor College, will serve as the business liaison between the two organizations to place individuals in work positions on Tabor’s campus.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to both strengthen and deepen our relationship with the Hillsboro community while serving these interns,” Landis says.
Landis agrees that Tabor College is an ideal location for the program in Marion County.
“The community at Tabor makes it a wonderful place to work,” Landis says. “Our faculty and staff take so much care to learn about students’ lives in and out of the classroom. They make an extra effort to show support and that makes Tabor a special place.”
Project SEARCH launched in 1996 in Cincinnati and has grown to more than 300 work sites across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.
“Project SEARCH is a natural fit at Tabor College,” Glanzer says. “Its mission directly aligns with ours to prepare people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom. I can’t think of a more appropriate partnership than this one to move forward that mission.”