Ten students recently graduated from the Project SEARCH program hosted at Bayhealth. This is the second year Bayhealth has hosted the high school transitional program.
Project SEARCH was created in the 1990s as a high school transition program for young adults, ages 18-21 with moderate to severe disabilities. Participation in Project SEARCH provides students with the opportunity to gain transferable, marketable skills with the goal of securing competitive employment within the community.
The program is a collaborative effort among many organizations including Bayhealth, Capital School District, Kent County Community School, Delaware Department of Education and Department of Labor, and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
This year’s interns completed work assignments within 15 different departments throughout the hospital. Some of the new work assignments this year included the Early Mobility Program, which allowed interns hands-on experience helping patients get up and moving during a hospital stay. Two interns also worked with Childcare for the first time this year.
Dazmir James was this year’s “Intern of the Year,” after working two rotations in Childcare and completing necessary certifications at the same time. James has secured employment in the community using his experience and certifications.
“We can’t thank our mentors enough for showing us the way here at Bayhealth,” said James. “We did this together.”
Lisa Enright is the instructor in the Project SEARCH program. Enright says the program wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and the hospital.
“From the hospital to the city to the state to all of the local businesses, this is a group effort,” said Enright. “This collaboration gives us the best chance of success for these interns to become employees throughout the community.”
The next Project SEARCH class will begin their classroom work and internship preparations this summer.
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