Project Search Fills Jobs And Needs. ~Pretty Cool!
Dublin, Ohio–Project SEARCH is a national program that is proving successful at Dublin Methodist Hospital and Grady Hospital. It is a one-year program that helps transition students with disabilities from high school to employment.
Project SEARCH is in its third year at Dublin and its first year at Grady, and is a project in connection with Tolles Career and Technical Center in Dublin.
“They’re awesome employees and we work on those soft job skills needed to get a job and keep a job. We learn interviewing skills. We work on developing resumes and work on different types of behaviors,” said Kelley Kobashigawa who leads the project search class at Dublin Methodist Hospital.
The goal of the program is to have the students employable by the end of the school year. The students have a range of special needs, from Down Syndrome to brain injuries.
The students start the day in the classroom where they work on communication skills and appropriate work attire. Then, they move into the hospital for the rest of the day to learn different jobs within the hospital, such as stocking nurses stations, working in the kitchen, and environmental services.