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Butler County Project SEARCH celebrates 2019 Interns

The 2019 Project Search interns are pictured in purple uniform to be recognized for accomplishing their internships
Published: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Butler Community College, partner of Project SEARCH, hosts 2019 intern celebration at the Hubbard Welcome Center.

Project SEARCH is a resource to help disabled individuals find employment. Butler County Special Education Interlocal proudly represents one of 285 Project SEARCH sites around the world. They are moving toward their seventh year of existence in Butler County, reaching a total of nine school districts. Students of this program complete an internship in their last year of high school to explore numerous career paths. These students learn employment skills, receive job training and have the opportunity to intern with three different local businesses. After their internship is completed, if students have not already acquired a job, they are assisted in finding a suitable occupation.

This year’s celebration, held in mid-May, recognized eight students who completed the program. The event was held at the Butler Community College Hubbard Welcome Center where the Project SEARCH office is currently located due to its strong partnership with the college.

Project SEARCH has several business partners in the Butler County area which provide multiple internship positions for students. Recognized as 2019 Spotlight Partner of the Year was Cole Gilliland and the Environmental Service Staff of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital (SBAMH) for their support and service to the program.

The following students who completed Project SEARCH internships include:

Ashley Elizabeth Hollinger

               Circle High School

               BCC EduCare, BCC Great Western Dining, Circle USD 375-Food Service

Desmond Alan Jantzen

               Augusta High School

               SBAMH Environmental Services, BCC Facilities Management-Grounds, BCC Great Western Dining

Gordon Owen Zimmer

               Andover Central High School

BCC Adult Education & Information Technology, SBAMH Material Management, ACE Hardware - El Dorado, Butler Co. Special Ed. Interlocal, Administrative Office

Jesse Lee Ghere

               Remington High School

               BCC Athletic Training Center, BCC Great Western Dining, SBAMH Environmental Service

Mercedes Elise Kennedy

             El Dorado High School

BCC Great Western Dining, SBAMH Dietary, Animal Care Center & Resort, Homestead of El Dorado Assisted Living

Nathan James Gearhart

             Andover Central High School

BCC Facilities Management-Grounds, SBAMH Environmental Services, Butler Electric Cooperative/Velocity High Speed Internet

Tyler Kevin Poore

               Douglass High School

               SBAMH Human Recourses, SBAMH Office & Registration

Victoria Grace Mulford

              Andover Central High School

SBAMH Material Management, SBAMH Environmental Services, SBAMH Business Office & Registration