The Project SEARCH class of 2022 is ready for the next step! Students earned certificates for completing internships at AdventHealth and their high school diplomas from their home high school.
Project SEARCH Business Liaison and Director of AdventHealth’s B.E. Smith Family Center, Amy Milroy, congratulated graduates and thanked the trainers and instructors who worked hard to make this opportunity possible.
Dr. Michelle Hubbard, Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent, shared a personal anecdote about each graduate and expressed pride in all of the interns for their hard work and successful completion of the program.
“I often say the future is bright for Shawnee Mission, but after this week and meeting these five students, I know that is absolutely true,” stated Hubbard. “I can’t wait to see where you go next.”
The Project SEARCH Class of 2022 includes:
- Parker Burrus
- Jada Dehaemers
- Evgeny “Zhenya” Ermak
- Cielo Marroquin
- Matan White
Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program offering work experience and training to help students with special needs improve employment skills.
“Project SEARCH is an exciting program that gives students the opportunity to engage in a variety of internships over the year helping them learn transferable skills. The ultimate goal is for each intern to obtain employment opportunities,” shared director of special education, Sherry Dumolien.
“This program also creates an inclusive work environment and that is something we want to see not only in the workforce, but in society as well,” she added.
This is the fourth year of the program, offered in partnership between the Shawnee Mission School District and AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.