|Project SEARCH interns recently were honored at a special recognition night at Hamilton Medical Center. In the front, from left, are interns Carlos Rios, Jose Fernandez, Tyler Jones and Ashley Brindle. In the back are Kathy Reed, Special Education coordinator for Whitfield County Schools; Elizabeth Hunter, supported employment coordinator for Cross Plains Community Partner; Lorin Cameron, Project SEARCH job coach; Karen Hutchinson, Project SEARCH instructor; and Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director for Hamilton Health Care System.|
DALTON, Ga – Four Project SEARCH interns recently completed their
school year at Hamilton Health Care System. A special recognition night
was held on May 23.
This year’s Project SEARCH interns included: Ashley Brindle, Northwest Whitfield High School; Jose Fernandez, Dalton High School; Tyler Jones, Southeast Whitfield High School; and Carlos Rios, Coahulla Creek High School.
Interns rotated through jobs at Hamilton in Environmental Services, Food Services, Hospice, Laundry Services, Maintenance, Central Sterile and Materials Management – directed by Karen Hutchinson, instructor, and Lorin Cameron, job coach. Through interest questionnaires and strength assessments, instructors and interns worked together to find the best fit in three of the work areas.
“If I had a business, I would hire all of them,” said Cameron, commenting on the interns during the recognition ceremony. Hutchinson mentioned how much the interns had grown during their time at Hamilton. “We wish them the very best in their futures. We’ll miss them,” she said.
Project SEARCH is an intern program to help students with disabilities learn departmental skills, some of which may lead to getting a job at Hamilton. It is a joint program of Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools, Cross Plains Community Partner, the local Department of Human Resources Vocational Rehabilitation office and Hamilton.