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Floor Daily: Shaw & Cross Plains Receive Recognition for Job Placement

Dalton, GA, September 9, 2016—Cross Plains Community Partner and Shaw Group Industries have been recognized by Project SEARCH for attaining 100% employment for its 2015—2016 Project SEARCH internship program, an intensive work skills developmental program designed to facilitate a successful post high school transition to the workforce for young adults with disabilities.

The award was received at the organization’s international conference in August where Project SEARCH practitioners, interns and families convene for a week of learning and sharing best practices and innovation.

Shaw began its fifth internship class in June 2016. Over nine months, the interns complete three ten-week rotations at Shaw departmental leadership and Cross Shaw in the marketing fulfillment, talent acquisition, and global sourcing departments. Participants experienced total workplace immersion, facilitating a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training. Plains Community Partner job coaches focused on delivering key skills in the areas of team building, technology, social skills/communication, presentation delivery, money management, interviewing, resume building, job searching and retention, self-advocacy and determination.

Project SEARCH was created in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children's to more than 300 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities, and with its business partners, works to facilitate high school transition programs for individuals with various developmental disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments, autism, and intellectual disabilities.

Shaw initiated its first Project SEARCH internship program in 2012. Shaw’s participation in Project SEARCH takes place through collaborative partnership with Cross Plains Community Partner, Project SEARCH, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. To learn more about Project SEARCH, visit

The original article appeared in Floor Daily on Sept. 9, 2016.