Eight local students with disabilities graduate from on-the-job training program

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Hand wearing graduation robes holding diploma Photo credit Getty Images/Chainarong Prasertthai

Big shoutout to eight students from Richardson ISD who just graduated from the Project SEARCH program!

The program is a one-year unpaid internship created to help providing high school seniors with disabilities an opportunity to learn life skills and hands-on training.

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Project SEARCH began in 2017, and has been a team effort with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Richardson ISD, Project SEARCH and Quest Employment Services.

Francisco Gonzalez, manager of Hospitality and Concierge Services and leader of the program told NBC DFW, “Here we are five years later and look at our accomplishments.”

There have been 44 students accepted over the first four years of the Texas Health Dallas program, and of the eight students that recently graduated, six of them have found jobs!

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