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Bayhealth Partners with Project SEARCH


Hospital provides internships for students with disabilities

Bayhealth is proud to launch a collaborative partnership with Project SEARCH, an international school-to-work program that prepares people with disabilities for full-time employment.

The Project SEARCH program was developed in 1996 for young adults, 18 years of age and eligible for the last year of public education, who have significant cognitive disabilities and would benefit from a workforce development program.  

Students in the Project SEARCH program at Bayhealth will attend classes focused on teaching employability skills and rotate through various departments at the hospital. Jobs performed by Project SEARCH interns at other sites have been in areas such as patient transport, mail delivery, medical records, and radiology.

Teachers, managers, job coaches, and students work together to find site matches based on each student’s strengths and skills.

“We are very excited about welcoming Project SEARCH students into our organization. It’s a great chance for us to provide real-life work experience for these students and in return, benefit from increased workplace diversity,” said Catherine Salvato, Ed.D, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Bayhealth director of education.

Bayhealth will hold an open house in September to welcome students and their families.

Bayhealth’s partners in Project SEARCH are Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Inc., Capital School District, and the state of Delaware's Department of Education and Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

For more information about Project SEARCH at Bayhealth, call 302-744-7135.

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