GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Wednesday was graduation day for students with Project Search.
The program is a collaboration among multiple agencies giving Greenville County students with special needs an opportunity to join the workforce.
Over the past nine months students worked as interns at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and today they walk across the stage with a certificate and a full time job.
Project Search is an international program, it’s first year in Greenville.
The program gives young adults on the job training, experience and in this case a full time job.
After nine months of hard work it’s graduation time for seven young adults, Celeste Jordon is a graduate and says, “I see myself as a beautiful young lady getting ready to get my own job.”
Celeste says Project Search changed her life and her outlook.
She and her classmates aren’t just walking away with experience, they’re walking away with full time jobs.
Bon Secours CEO, Craig McCoy made a hugh offer, ” we’re offering you a full time job on the 9th floor.” “oh my gosh” “you’ve done a great job, you’ve done an amazing job” “thank you” “it’s going to be an honor to work with you.” “thank you” “thank you for your hard work”
Nine months ago these student started an internship at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, this program takes kids in their final year of high school, out of the classroom and into the workforce. They completed three, ten- week internships.
Alex Garvey is the Senior Vice President of Bon Secours St. Francis Health Systems and he helped bring the program to Greenville. Alex says, “a lot of the positions that really suit our interns well are high repetition high turn over jobs, so they get great satisfaction out of learning a program and a pattern and they benefit the workforce.”
Ross Jeffeaux is a graduate of the program and says, “my first internship was the emergency department I love it because I love to meet new people there and I have learned so many valuable skills in the ER”
Ross’ family on hand to celebrate his accomplishments, his mom and dad, Scott and Regina Jeffeaux, beaming with pride and say, “when you have a child who has a disability you worry you wonder, so when he was afforded this opportunity it meant the world.”
The ceremony rounded out with the keynote speaker from Clemson and an offer to other businesses looking to enhance their workforce.
Craig McCoy, CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System says, “please come join us the need is great and we’ll gladly offer any advise we can any help we can and creating job training opportunities is the biggest key.”