Six Project SEARCH graduates were the center of attention at a ceremony to mark the successful completion of their nine-month internships at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The event was held on June 2 in a hospital conference room packed with family members, ProHealth colleagues and others.
Project SEARCH is a job-training program for young adults ages 18 to 25 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.
Receiving program completion certificates were Hasdgar Brambila, 22, Waukesha; Miguel Castro, 24, New Berlin; Bryce Haase, 21, Mukwonago; Charles Karcher, 22, Oconomowoc; Shelby Leighton, 22, Waukesha; and Hannah Olsen, 21, Pewaukee. Each of them spoke at the ceremony, sharing their achievements and goals and thanking family members and ProHealth managers and co-workers for their help and encouragement.
“My biggest accomplishment this year was strengthening my customer service skills, which helped me get my new job at Goodwill,” Castro said.
Georgia Maxwell, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and representatives from ProHealth Care and Easter Seals congratulated the graduates and offered messages of pride and encouragement.
“I am overjoyed by all of you reaching this terrific milestone,” Maxwell said. “You’ve set yourself up for a lifetime of success. Wisconsin employers will benefit from the skills you have learned.”
Also speaking at the event was Sam Sauer, 23, of Oconomowoc, a 2016 graduate of the ProHealth program. He had this advice for the new graduates who are now seeking employment: “Be proud of who you are. The right job will come along. Don’t give up.”
Project SEARCH interns experience total immersion in the business environment. The interns at Waukesha Memorial receive training and education from ProHealth Care staff in food and nutrition services, facilities, logistics, neurosciences, cardiovascular, care management and nursing administration.
Photo: ProHealth Care Project SEARCH graduates received certificates for completing their nine-month internships at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital on June 2. Left to right, front row: Miguel Castro, New Berlin; Hannah Olsen, Pewaukee; Charles Karcher, Oconomowoc; Bryce Haase, Mukwonago; Hasdgar Brambila, Waukesha; and Shelby Leighton, Waukesha.
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