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July 21, 2017

Project SEARCH(R) open house is March 14 at Harris Regional

Where most of the world sees limitations, Project SEARCH® sees potential.

Instructors in Southwestern Community College’s one-year internship program are looking for even more high-potential students to enroll this fall, so they’re holding an open house for young adults with disabilities and goals of competitive employment. The informative event is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.

Potential students and their families are invited to attend and learn more about Project SEARCH®, a national non-profit program which partners with businesses to create internships for young adults with disabilities.

The local program is a partnership between SCC, Harris Regional, Vaya Health, Vocational Rehabilitation and Webster Enterprises. Project SEARCH® targets potential students between the ages of 18-30.

“I work every day with students who were told they could never function independently in society; but the truth is, they can,” said Devonne Jimison, SCC’s Project SEARCH® instructor. “There is nothing more rewarding than observing their growth over the course of the year I spend with them.

“All of our graduates are now actively employed in fulfilling jobs,” Jimison added. “If you or someone you know could benefit from our program, I hope you’ll consider coming out to our open house.”

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