It's been an amazing
journey for a couple of teenagers in Marshfield.
These teenagers have had
to work a little harder to find a job after high school.
They're getting some
extra help over at Saint Joseph's Hospital.
The transition from high
school to the real world can be tough.
Now there's a program
helping teens with special needs make that change, and with success.
It's called Project Search.
"It teaches them
employability skills," said Anne Dick, Project Search Instructor.
The program provides
students with real life work experience, job training and living skills to help
form a successful lifestyle.
"That structure gives
them a sense of hope and then a chance to get employment out in the community,"
Project Search lasts 9
months, Training up to 12 people at a time.
Sean Little is currently a
student with the program.
Little already has an
internship in the pharmacy section at Saint Joseph's Hospital.
"I get along with my
co-workers so well that they're kind of like a family," said Little.
An internship Little says he never would have
been eligible for if it wasn't for this program.
"It has helped me
develop my skills," added Little.
"They start to feel
like they are a part of a team, and really have a lot of commitment and
contribution to our work," said Vanessa Freatig, Sean Little's Supervisor.
Brandon Hart is a graduate
of Project Search.
Hart successfully landed a
job at the hospital working in the anesthesia department.
"I love my job, I
love working here," said Hart.
"I felt good because I
thought well I'm getting out of high school and graduating from Project Search
and it was a good time," added Hart.
"It's pretty amazing
to see someone who had to learn to show up on time, and to do the work, and to
learn the skills to being independent and do the skills without having to be
coached or prompt," said Pam Schmidt, Brandon Hart's Supervisor.
Pretty amazing for
both the teachers, and the students.
Graduation for Project Search is on Friday May 16th.
Some of the people in the
graduating class will go on to work in the hospital.
Other graduates will find
jobs in other local businesses.