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Partnership with Project SEARCH helps community members transition into workforce

June 25, 2013 College News - This past year, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) helped provide work training and experience to two young adults with disabilities through Project SEARCH, a collaborative effort between Easter Seals, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and local schools. The one-year transition program offers participants the chance to learn marketable, transferrable and competitive workplace skills they can use to find employment within the community.

As part of the program, participants (called interns) complete three three-month internships over a nine-month period. The internships allow them to learn marketable skill sets – like operating a computer, conducting clerical work, communicating with patients and other employees, following orders, and providing customer service.

There were 12 interns in the Project SEARCH class of 2013. Two of the interns conducted parts of their internship in the MCW Office of Human Resources and the MCW Pain Clinic. Both participated in a graduation ceremony on June 13, and one of them already has a job in the community.     

Any departments interested in hosting an intern should contact Heather Kozik, Manager of Talent Acquisition, hkozik@mcw.edu or 955-4877.

Project SEARCH was developed in 1996 by Nurse J. Erin Riehle, then the Director of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  As the flagship program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital provides technical assistance for replication and overall leadership to Project SEARCH worldwide. 

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