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Posted by Christine Schulz on September 18, 2017

Our Project SEARCH completion ceremony at the Milwaukee County Zoo was held on June 7 and a total of 12 interns completed the program. Our Project SEARCH completion ceremony was held on June 7 at the Milwaukee County Zoo and a total of 12 interns completed the program. I had the privilege of helping plan for this event again this year and enjoyed every minute. Project SEARCH is very near and dear to my heart, as each year I am always impressed with the Project SEARCH interns’ growth and resilience as they progress through the program.

Goodwill is pleased to share that six interns from our Project SEARCH program have obtained jobs in the community.A special part of the ceremony is when a few of our interns have the opportunity to share a video that they have created which highlights their progress through the program, and what they have learned. Their personal stories of their triumphs and the transformative power of their internship experiences and the people they worked with always touch my heart. I’m pleased to share that six interns have obtained jobs so far, and I’d like to share some updates on their progress:

Katherine is working at Trim Time where she supervises animal play and care. She is hoping to attend veterinary technician school in the future.

Katie is working at Meijer near her home and is becoming more and more independent in her tasks while providing excellent customer service and healthy fruits and vegetables for her customer.

Clayton and Kevin are working at Goodwill. Kevin recently scored 100% when a secret shopper came in to visit. He received special thanks from his manager for his stellar customer service!

Molly is working at Marshalls where she is currently helping to setup the store for its grand opening! She will be working in the fitting rooms and assisting with recovery on the sales floor.

Rebekah recently got a job at Marcus Theatres where she is working as a dishwasher with the goal of assisting with food prep in the fall.

We’ll continue to support the interns in their new jobs by providing on-site coaching. We are so happy for them and all of their success! I am sure that they will continue to learn and grow in their new jobs.
I’m looking forward to another year of Project SEARCH at the Zoo starting at the end of August where 13 more interns will be participating in this life changing program.

Written by Christine Schulz

Christine Schulz is Manager of Supported Employment and Community Access and also oversees the Project SEARCH site at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Christine and her teams are motivated to help individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain and retain community jobs. Each day, Christine sees transformative change within our communities as more employers see the value that individuals with disabilities can bring to their workforce. Being a part of making this happen is what inspires her to give her all each and every day to her team and the work that they do together. Christine has been with Goodwill for 5 years since November of 2010.

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