2018-10-05 / News

Providence Health-Northeast Partners with Richland Two

Contributed by Providence Health

Securing employment can be a challenge for any young adult. It can be even more difficult for those with developmental disabilities. Project SEARCH is a collaborative partnership providing students who want to work with a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills.

Providence Health- Northeast and Richland County School District Two are partnering under the Project SEARCH program to provide professional experience to six local high school students.

The national organization Project SEARCH collaborates with businesses to offer a one-year curriculum in which individuals with intellectual disabilities rotate through a variety of internships. The curriculum also includes educational sessions that help further develop skills for independence such as professional hygiene expectations, making nutritious meal choices, and communicating with co-workers and colleagues. Approximately, 75 percent of Project SEARCH students find competitive employment within a year after the program.

The valuable skills and contributions individuals with intellectual disabilities can provide to the community can be overlooked or misjudged.

“We are excited be able to help these young adults in our community to achieve a more independent, self-satisfying future,” says Lindy White, chief executive officer of Providence Health-Northeast. “We are grateful for the assistance they will provide to Providence and the community going forward.”

Students in the program will be interning in areas such as dietary, environmental services, surgical services, and the Emergency

Room. Internships may also be expanded into other areas such as IT and materials management. All positions and tasks to be performed by participants are thoroughly vetted to ensure they are appropriate for the students so the young adults can achieve success and provide valuable assistance in a way that is safe for the students, staff, and patients.

For more information about Project SEARCH, visit: www.projectsearch.us/.

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