Project SEARCH at Chesapeake Energy now recruiting applicants

Project SEARCH, a program that assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure employment, is now recruiting applicants for the 2014-2015 class. The program is hosted at Chesapeake Energy Corporation and consists of classroom training, as well as internship job rotations in a corporate environment.

Project SEARCH is a unique partnership between Metro Technology Centers, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (ODRS), University of Oklahoma National Center for Disability Education and Training (OU-NCDET), and Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), focused on assisting young adults gain marketable skills and secure employment. This goal is achieved through classroom instruction on technical and soft skills under the direction of Metro Tech job coaches, on-the-job training rotations with Chesapeake Energy employees, and assistance securing employment upon completion of the program.

To qualify, interns must:

  • Be 18 to 24-years-old.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Have an active or pending case with ODRS.
  • Have one year of CareerTech, work or volunteer experience.
  • Have appropriate hygiene, social and communication skills.
  • Have the ability to pass drug screen and background check.
  • Be current on immunizations.
  • Have transportation to and from work site, or a willingness to work towards independent transportation.
  • Not be attending or enrolled in college courses for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Have the desire and ability to work independently and seek employment.

The deadline to submit applications is March 7, and the next class begins in August. For more information or to obtain an application for this program, contact Sheila Hawkins, Project SEARCH program coordinator at (405) 935-2958 or