Bartow County School District is excited to partner with Cartersville Medical Center in a comprehensive internship and employment model called Project SEARCH. The goal of this program is for students with disabilities to learn as many complex and varied skills as possible, and what better place to do so than at the hospital?

Last spring, interested students completed an application, participated in a working interview, and were selected to spend this school year as interns. The first three weeks of the program are spent in orientation, focusing on an employability skills curriculum. Each intern will then participate in three, ten-week internships, with a different department.

Kristy Mitchell, a special education teacher, acts as the program coordinator and case manager for the interns. The job coach, Amber McCurley, will assist in training interns as they work to acquire marketable skills. These two are on site and will collaborate with the department managers to provide support and training as interns progress through the program. The goal is to have all eight interns employed in the community for at least 20 hours a week, by June, 2014.

If you see a Project SEARCH intern, please introduce yourself. They would love to meet you!