Project SEARCH interns complete year at Hamilton-2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Project SEARCH interns recently were honored at a special recognition night at Hamilton Medical Center. From left are Lisa Townsend, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency; Elizabeth Hunter, supported employment coordinator for Cross Plains Community Partner; Kathy Reed, Special Education coordinator for Whitfield County Schools; Julie Beavers, job coach; are Ana Guerrero, intern; Kristina Smith, intern; Cesar Martinez, intern; Savannah Davenport, intern; Jonathan Williams, intern; Karen Hutchinson, Project SEARCH instructor; and Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director for Hamilton Health Care System. 
Project SEARCH interns recently were honored at a special recognition night at Hamilton Medical Center. From left are Lisa Townsend, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency; Elizabeth Hunter, supported employment coordinator for Cross Plains Community Partner; Kathy Reed, Special Education coordinator for Whitfield County Schools; Julie Beavers, job coach; are Ana Guerrero, intern; Kristina Smith, intern; Cesar Martinez, intern; Savannah Davenport, intern; Jonathan Williams, intern; Karen Hutchinson, Project SEARCH instructor; and Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director for Hamilton Health Care System.

DALTON, Ga. – Five Project SEARCH interns recently completed their school year at Hamilton Health Care System. A special recognition night was held on May 22.

This year’s Project SEARCH interns include: Savannah Davenport, Northwest High School; Kristina Smith, Northwest High School; Jonathan Williams, Northwest High School; Cesar Martinez, Dalton High School; and Ana Guerrero, Coahulla Creek High School.

Interns rotated through jobs at Hamilton in Environmental Services, Food Services, Hospice, Laundry Services, Maintenance, Central Sterile, Materials Management and Royal Oaks Dining Services – directed by Karen Hutchinson, instructor, and Julie Beavers, job coach. Through interest questionnaires and strength assessments, instructors and interns worked together to find the best fit in three of the work areas.

“We’ve had another great year with our interns and are excited as two of our interns have already been employed through Hamilton Health Care System,” said Hutchinson. “We look forward to seeing where the rest of our interns will be finding employment in the community.”

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 Vocational Rehabilitation office.