Saint Mary's is excited to work alongside Friendship Community Services and other local and state partners to bring Project SEARCH to the Arkansas River Valley.
Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a one-year, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. It will provide people living with disabilities with tuition-free job training and educational and developmental opportunities at Saint Mary's. The total workplace immersion will facilitate a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training through worksite rotations.
Developed in 1996 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program to over 300 programs throughout the U.S. and around the world.
On June 29, Saint Mary's hosted a launch at the hospital for the 2017-18 school term. Interns Cassandra Clsunch, Lakin Grinder, Richard Hausmann, Bethany Johnson, Kord Lewis, Alexis Pope and Kaleigh Reddell were welcomed by leaders of sponsoring organizations as well as the Honorable Randy Horton, mayor of Russellville. The interns begin their assignments August 14.