Marshfield Project SEARCH program receives state award
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Marshfield’s Project SEARCH program has received a state award. The Marshfield Clinic Health System was one of four Wisconsin recipients of this year’s America’s Job Honor Awards, presented Nov. 28 at a recognition event at the Monona Terrace in Madison, hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
The program allows young adults with disabilities to achieve careers through internships provided through a class taught at the clinic by Anne Dick, who was recognized by the Marshfield Board of Education Dec. 12.
“They were seeing that the Marshfield Clinic Health System was in support of overcoming those barriers to employment, by looking out and reaching into different opportunities, such as Project SEARCH, and providing new internships and new ideas to accessing different types of jobs for different people,” she said.
Project SEARCH is a vocational training program for adults with disabilities, and gets them into businesses, developing career paths and jobs out in the community.
Under the partnership program, the Marshfield School District supplies the educator, the clinic provides classroom space and internships, and the Opportunity Development Center provides support services. Seed money comes from the state Workforce Development Department’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
There are 27 Project SEARCH programs around the state, and Marshfield’s was one of the first.
Marshfield has graduated 49 individuals. Anne’s current class has 10 interns; they will graduate May 24.