Project SEARCH Graduation

2014 Project SEARCH graduates

2014 Project SEARCH graduates

Duke Regional Hospital is proud to honor the 2014 graduates of the Project SEARCH program. Graduates were recognized during a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 20 in the hospital’s auditorium. Family, friends and Duke Regional coworkers attended the event that highlighted a year of accomplishments for these seven young people.

Project SEARCH prepares students with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the workforce through on-the-job training and specialized education. At Duke Regional, students divide their time between classroom instruction and hands-on training in hospital departments.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative partnership with Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, OE Enterprises Inc., NC Vocational Rehabilitation, Durham Public Schools, Project SEARCH (National) and Duke Regional Hospital.

Congratulations graduates!

Congratulations, 2013 Project SEARCH graduates!

IMG_2644Durham Regional Hospital’s Class of 2013 Project SEARCH students graduated May 14 in the hospital auditorium. They were surrounded and supported by family, friends and loved ones, hospital staff, Durham Public Schools staff and the community.

Congratulations!

Special thanks to hospital staff, who mentored the students this year and welcomed them to the Durham Regional family; City of Medicine Academy and Durham Public Schools; community partners and Chick-fil-A at 3912 North Roxboro Street in Durham, which donated food for the post-graduation celebration.

Project SEARCH featured on North Carolina Now

Project SEARCH is an international program that prepares students with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the workforce through on-the-job training and specialized education. At Durham Regional, the group divides their time between classroom study and hands-on training in hospital departments.

North Carolina Now recently featured Project SEARCH, and interviewed several students and others involved in the program at Durham Regional. To watch the story, visit the North Carolina Now section on UNC-TV’s website.

Picture 002Learn more about the Project SEARCH program at Durham Regional.

Shining a light on Project SEARCH

In this ever-changing economy, finding a secure career path after high school can be a challenge for any student, especially those with developmental disabilities. But an innovative program offers opportunities.

Durham Regional Hospital participates in Project SEARCH, an international program that prepares local students with developmental and intellectual disabilities for the workforce through on-the-job training and specialized education.

Durham Regional Hospital’s Project SEARCH Class of 2012, pictured above with Durham Public Schools instructors and job coaches, graduated in June. The Class of 2013 began in August.

Project SEARCH began at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a way to help young people with disabilities receive valuable job training. Since its creation in 1996, Project SEARCH has been adopted by more than 200 facilities internationally, and Durham Regional has joined this award-winning program. In partnerships with Durham Public Schools, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation and OE Enterprises, Inc., Durham Regional is the first hospital to host Project SEARCH in North Carolina.

During the program, students at Durham Regional divide their time between classroom study and hands-on training in hospital departments. Classes are led by instructors from Durham Public Schools and job coaches from OE Enterprises. Students participate in eight-week rotations in a range of departments, including

  • Ambulatory Care Unit
  • Central Sterile Reprocessing
  • Copy Center
  • Environmental Services
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Human Resources
  • Operating Room
  • Security

In these roles, student responsibilities can range from stocking supplies and assembling blood-drawing kits to serving food in the hospital cafeteria and helping with parking lot security. Students also participate in job education, such as how to interview, accept a position and formally resign from a position.

Read more about Project SEARCH in the latest issue of Your Health, Durham Regional’s health and wellness publication for the community, or visit projectsearch.us.