Wide grins — and a few tears — were evident June 1 at a commencement ceremony to honor eight Project SEARCH graduates for successfully completing nine-month internships at ProHealth Care.
Among the speakers at the ceremony, held at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, were Gov. Scott Walker; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; and Susan Edwards, chief executive officer of ProHealth Care.
“We could not be more proud of our Project SEARCH interns,” Edwards said. “They remind us every day that all of us have the potential to do more and be more.”
Project SEARCH is a job-training program for young adults ages 18 to 25 years old who have cognitive and physical disabilities. It is a collaborative effort among Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, ProHealth Care and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. ProHealth has participated in Project SEARCH for three years.
Project SEARCH interns experience total immersion in the business environment. The interns at Waukesha Memorial Hospital receive training and education from ProHealth Care staff in food and nutrition services, facilities, logistics, neurosciences, cardiovascular, care management and nursing administration.
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