DWD and Mayo Clinic Health System Celebrate Graduation of 11 Local Project SEARCH Interns

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Tony EversGovernor

Amy PechacekDesignated Secretary

Workforce Development Department
Secretariat

201 E. Washington Avenue
Box 7946
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7946
Phone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov


The Project SEARCH program prepares young adults with disabilities for rewarding careers


Mayo Clinic Eau Claire Hospital Project SEARCH Class of 2022 graduates pose for a photo.  Left to right: Instructor Tim Burns, Hannah Pierce, Emily Hurt, Daleyn Thomas, Amaiya Moua, Christian Jacobsen, Bryanna Troutz, Liam Caraher, Courtney Gadke, Matt Wolbert, Dorian Anderson, Instructor Rose Hinshaw, Instructor Erin Berdal, Molly MundinacMayo Clinic Eau Claire Hospital Project SEARCH Class of 2022 graduates pose for a photo. Left to right: Instructor Tim Burns, Hannah Pierce, Emily Hurt, Daleyn Thomas, Amaiya Moua, Christian Jacobsen, Bryanna Troutz, Liam Caraher, Courtney Gadke, Matt Wolbert, Dorian Anderson, Instructor Rose Hinshaw, Instructor Erin Berdal, Molly Mundinac

EAU CLAIRE – “Project SEARCH is where good opportunities arise for young adults,” says Bryanna Troutz, a student at Elk Mound High School and a graduate of the Project SEARCH program at Mayo Clinic Eau Claire Hospital. Bryanna will soon begin her full-time job at Mayo in the patient appointment services department.

Through Project SEARCH, Bryanna says she “discovered new opportunities and different adult responsibilities.”

Jennifer Steffes, Project SEARCH Business Liaison for Mayo Clinic Health System, echoed Bryanna’s comment and said she believes the program has a positive impact on all individuals by increasing awareness of abilities, diversity and inclusion.

“We saw an increase in job satisfaction, improved workflows and improved morale,” she said.

“Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development celebrates more than 180 Project SEARCH graduates statewide who have explored new skills, expanded their opportunities, and earned a sense of pride through meaningful work,” said DWD Secretary-designate Amy Pechacek. “In Wisconsin, some 171,000 people with disabilities are out of the workforce, but we know many want to work. With our record unemployment rate, helping these people realize their employment potential has never been more important.

The graduation ceremony, held recently at the Mayo Clinic Health System’s Luther Building in Eau Claire, marked the completion of an immersive work experience. Each of the 11 trainees recounted their practical experiences and talked about their future career opportunities.

In addition to the host site and DWD’s Vocational Rehabilitation Division, the local internship experience was made possible by partners such as the LE Phillips Career Development Center, Inclusa, TMG and the DWD Area School District. ‘Clear water. Across the state, 25 leading employers are participating in Project SEARCH this year.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between the DWD, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, area schools, local employers and long-term care organizations to help trainees develop marketable, competitive and transferable skills leading to a job. Interns complete multiple 10-week rotations to maximize exposure to different career paths, learn employability skills in a classroom, and practical job skills in the business environment.

Started at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996, Project SEARCH has provided training to nearly 1,500 Wisconsin residents since its statewide launch in 2008. For more information, visit the Project SEARCH Wisconsin website.



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