In partnership with students, their families, community agencies, and local businesses, provide training to students with disabilities in the areas of functional living skills, community-based education, and work-based learning to increase students' abilities to independently contribute and participate in their community.
Staying true to its mission, the MCISD Transition Center staff have established strong partnerships with the following initiatives:
Planting Seeds for Success
The "Planting Seeds for Success" greenhouse initiative is a collaborative project with the Monroe County ISD, Monroe County Community College, and Matthes Greenhouse. This program teaches students the skills necessary to be employable in the greenhouse industry through a combination of classroom instruction at the community college and hand-on experiences in the private business setting. Upon completing of this program, students earn their Jr. Master Gardner Certification.
Project SEARCH Intership Program
The Project SEARCH Intership Program is a collaboration between the Monroe County Intermediate School District, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, Monroe County Community Mental Health Authority, Lake Erie Transit, and Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan. The program is designed to provide students wtih disabilities work experience combined with educational instruction and supported employment services. The Project SEARCH program provides internships throughout ProMedica Regional Hospital where students learn competitive, marketable, transferable skills to assist them in achieving their employment goals. The student interns work in areas throughout the hospital including the Dietary, Operating Room, Emergency Room, Ambulatory Surgery, Logistics, Human Resources, Housekeeping, Warehouse, Infusion, Laboratory, Daycare and Outpatient Rehabilitation departments as well as the gift shop, nursing floors and nursing care center. Monroe County's Project SEARCH is modeled on a program that began at Cincinnati (OH) Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1996.
In February 2012, the Project SEARCH program was recognized by the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) as a Winner's Circle recepient.
St. Isadore Farm
Students at the Monroe County Transition Center have job placement duties at St. Isidore Farm. The MCISD has a great partnership with Mark and Denise Vinciguerra that allows Transition Center students to learn daily farming chores associated with each area of the farm. Students, along with a job coach, provided by Goodwill Industries, are assigned daily tasks that allow the students to grow in ability as well as socially. Visit www.helpinghandsofmonroe.com for more information.