Delaware Gov. Jack Markell visited the first Project SEARCH classroom in Delaware at Christiana Care Health System on Friday, March 30, 2012.
Christiana Care is the inaugural employer in Delaware to host Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized program dedicated to training individuals with disabilities to obtain job skills necessary to secure competitive employment and possess the self-confidence to enter the workforce after graduation. The cornerstone of the project is total immersion in the employment environment coupled with continued classroom training and mentoring. Nine students from the Red Clay Consolidated School district currently attend classes each day at Christiana Hospital to learn valuable workplace skills while also working as interns in several departments at the hospital.
Current partners in Project SEARCH are Christiana Care, the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, Inc., and the State of Delaware's Department of Education and Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Project SEARCH also is seeking additional business sponsors in Delaware.