Project SEARCH interns complete year at Hamilton 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015

Project Search 2015

Project SEARCH interns recently were honored at a special recognition night at Hamilton Medical Center. From left are Elizabeth Hunter, supported employment coordinator for Cross Plains Community Partner; Austin Pahr, intern; Kathy Reed, Special Education coordinator for Whitfield County Schools; Daniela Soto, intern; Micayla Clayborne, job coach; Andrew Mosley, intern; Karen Hutchinson, Project SEARCH instructor; and Jason Hopkins, Human Resources director for Hamilton Health Care System.

DALTON, Ga. – Three Project SEARCH interns recently completed their school year at Hamilton Health Care System. A special recognition night was held on May 21.

This year’s Project SEARCH interns include: Austin Pahr, Southeast High School; Andrew Mosley, Northwest High School; and Daniela Soto, Dalton High School.

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

“Our interns worked hard all year and have developed competitive job skills that will truly give them great success in their future employment opportunities,” said Hutchinson. 

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.