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Project Search Celebrates Eight Graduates from UVMC Program


2012 Project Search
2011-12 Project Search participants:  Front, left to right: Justin Grogg, Trey Stewart, Tori Penny, Katherine Smith. Second row, left to right: Mark Bell, Janelle Zumberger, Jeremy Griffieth,  Dominque Foster.

Upper Valley Project SEARCH ended its second year at Upper Valley Medical Center by recognizing the achievements of eight interns during a May celebration.

The high school transition program is designed to provide training and education on the road to employment for individuals with disabilities.

Local partners in addition to UVMC include Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, the Board of Developmental Disabilities in Miami and Shelby counties, the state Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Capabilities of St. Marys.

The students deferred their diplomas during program participation. They were guided by Patti Moore, Upper Valley Project Search coordinator, Becky Black, UVCC paraprofessional,  and Jim Strickler and Lisa Benoit, job coaches with Capabilities.

“Interns report to three rotation sites throughout the hospital where they partner with UVMC mentors to become more independent and learn to compete in the community job market,” Moore said.

The eight interns received their high school diplomas at the May celebration. The interns and the schools from which they received diplomas were: Covington High School, Donald Trey Stewart; Fort Loramie High School, Janelle Zumberger; Piqua High School, Mark Bell; Vandalia-Butler High School, Tori Penny; and Troy High School, Justin Grogg, Dominque Foster, Katherine Smith and Jeremy Griffieth.

At UVMC, the interns began the year with new employee orientation and received job experience through rotation in several departments including Volunteer Services, Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Outpatient Care South, Cardiopulmonary, ICU, PCU and Rehabilitation.

“We learned as much from you as you learned from us,” said Jim Hurak, UVMC Vice President, Patient Services. “It has been a pleasure, a great experience.” UVMC plans to continue its relationship with Project Search with 10 new interns selected for the 2012-12 school year, Hurak said.

Moore said the interns “came in as high school students, earned the title ‘intern’ and are leaving as young empowered adults, embracing what they can do.”

For more information about Upper Valley Project Search, contact Patti Moore at pmoore@uvmc.com or (937) 440-7431.

Content Updated: December 1, 2014

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