SEARCH project intern graduate

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Wednesday is graduation day for several students in a program focused on employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities.

11 interns walked across the stage at Eau Claire and talked about their experiences working on the program. The SEARCH project is managed by Mayo Clinic Health System. It helps young adults with physical and developmental disabilities enter the workforce.

Trainees in the program learn skills over a nine-month period, which can include organizing, packing, general accounting and others. The Project SEARCH program currently has more than 180 young adults at more than 25 sites across Wisconsin.

“You know, they have the opportunity here to do three different ten-week rotations. And so essentially 30 weeks of job skills and training opportunities. As an instructor, I can also teach them as part of the class. And it’s just a great opportunity for our interns to come here to learn career skills and prepare for career success after high school,” said Project SEARCH instructor Tim Burns.

The Mayo Clinic Health System says interns are currently working with job developers and many have jobs pending after the program.

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