COLUMBUS – Three area students are geared up for the workforce, after graduating from the Project SEARCH Program on Wednesday.
Project SEARCH is a Columbus Community Hospital program that was developed by Vocational Rehab, and it is aimed towards preparing students in their final year of school, for the workforce, says CCH Business Liaison Reye Snitily.
“We put them through intern rotations, and then the goal is to help them find a job, and so we’re teaching them employable skills. And there are many programs that teach them employable skills, but we emerse them in the workplace,” says Snitily
Snitily says the three graduates; Luke Blodgett, Justin Eller, and Nicholas Gross, were quiet and reserved when they first started, but says they blossomed as the year went on.
Swingbed and Skilled Nursing Unit Director Jami Anson, says over the past 9 weeks they haven’t had any of the project SEARCH participants working in there unit, and she says it made a noticeable difference when they were there during past rotations.
Anson when the boys were working in her unit, they would interact with patience and spend time entertaining them.
“I don’t think the young men realized, what an impact they had on these peoples lives, and so I wanted them to know, or hope that they know, what an impact they have had on their lives, as well,” says Anson.
The students also honored their various mentors, and also accepted diplomas from their respective high school administrators that were in attendance. Blodgett and Gross have been offered jobs within Columbus Community Hospital, and Eller is looking to pursue his passion for working outdoors, says Snitily.
The graduation ceremony was held on the third floor of CCH, Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.