High School Students Graduate from Autism Employment Program
“Good sense of humor”
These are just a few of the words and phrases that staff supervisors at Northwestern University used to describe the eight students – from New Trier High School, Glenbrook High Schools, and Deerfield/Highland Park High Schools – who graduated in June from the Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism program at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU). PSCA@NU is a one-year transition to employment program for students with autism in their last year of high school. Participants learn skills critical to success in the workplace and take part in three, 10-week internships within various departments at Northwestern to expose them to a variety of career options. The goal of the program is to foster independence and self-esteem to help students gain meaningful, competitive employment. At the conclusion of its third year, PSCA@NU has an 89% placement rate for program graduates at businesses such as Hart Schaffner Marx, Mariano’s, and Wilmette Tennis Club.
2016 Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University (PSCA@NU) graduates and staff.