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June 13, 2014
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Year of A Better Bottom Line: Governor Scott Walker Attends Project SEARCH Completion Ceremony

ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital program graduates 12 interns with marketable job skills

Waukesha – Governor Scott Walker was on hand to congratulate twelve Project SEARCH participants for completing internship rotations at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Project SEARCH is a one-year transition program for young adults with disabilities, who are in their last year of high school. It offers the interns the opportunity to learn transferable, marketable job skills, to help them secure employment after high school. Governor Walker supported the expansion of Project SEARCH under his year of A Better Bottom Line initiative.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the interns here today for your accomplishments and recognize your hard work,” Governor Walker said. “Every student in Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to succeed, and that means you must have the opportunity to learn real-life job skills. The work you’ve done here is the foundation for your success after high school, and your pathway to independence.”

"The Department of Workforce Development is proud of the students graduating from Project SEARCH today," stated Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson. "With the successful collaboration between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Waukesha Memorial Hospital, together youth with disabilities are gaining valuable employment skills."

Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s Project SEARCH program offers students the opportunity to select three or four internship rotations from 19 departments during their time with Project SEARCH. The Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVR) works with each training site to administer the Project SEARCH program. Certified Special Education Instructors and career coaches' work together with interns and hospital staff to problem solve and plan for program success.

Statewide, sixty interns participated in Project SEARCH programs during the 2013-14 school year. Of the 2012 graduates, 87 percent are employed in integrated employment in their community and 30 percent were hired at the location where they completed their internships.

Other Project SEARCH locations include; UW Hospital in Madison, Madison VA Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Menominee, Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Under Governor Walker’s Year of A Better Bottom Line initiative, 20 additional Project SEARCH locations will be added over three years.

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