There was standing room only as Redmond Regional Medical Center hosted a graduation ceremony for the first class of Project SEARCH® interns in Floyd County. Attendees included families of the students as well as frontline staff through executive leadership from both Redmond and Floyd County Schools. The ceremony featured remarks form Redmond CEO John Quinlivan, Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jackson, and each of the three graduates. Redmond is the first and only industry in Floyd County to offer Project SEARCH® internships through Floyd County Schools. Project SEARCH® is a work-based learning program for students with special needs. The three students, along with their teacher Debra Miller and skills trainer Charlene Clayton, were all based at Redmond during the 2017-2018 school year. The students completed classroom instruction onsite at Redmond in addition to spending the majority of their days completing internships in a variety of hospital departments. During their internships, the students worked on a variety of skills including team building, workplace safety, social and communication, and job search. Redmond and Floyd County Schools are planning to host more students in the Project SEARCH® program at Redmond in the coming school year.

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