|Project SEARCH interns recently began their school year at Hamilton Medical Center. In the front, from left are Ana Guerrero, Savannah Davenport and Kristina Smith. In the back are Karen Hutchinson (instructor), Cesar Martinez, Esteban Araiza, Jonathan Williams and Lorin Cameron (job coach).|
DALTON, Ga. – Six Project SEARCH interns recently began their
school year at Hamilton Medical Center.
This year’s Project SEARCH interns include: Savannah Davenport, Northwest High School; Kristina Smith, Northwest High School; Jonathan Williams, Northwest High School; Esteban Araiza, Dalton High School; Cesar Martinez, Dalton High School; and Ana Guerrero, Coahulla Creek High School.
Interns rotate through jobs at Hamilton in environmental services, food services, hospice, laundry services, maintenance and materials management – directed by Karen Hutchinson, instructor, and Lorin Cameron, job coach. Through interest questionnaires and strength assessments, instructors and interns work together to find the best fit in one of the work areas.
Project SEARCH is a high school transitional program to help students with disabilities learn transferable job skills, some of which may lead to employment at Hamilton. It is a collaborative program of Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools, Hamilton, Cross Plains Community Partner and the local Department of Human Resources Vocational Rehabilitation office.