Six Jefferson NJ Interns Graduate from Project SEARCH Work-Transition Program

June 9, 2020Project SEARCH

Y.A.L.E. School teacher Ernie Laux presented the graduates with their certificates and gifts from Jefferson ahead of their virtual ceremony.

The fourth class of talented Y.A.L.E. School interns recently graduated from Jefferson Health’s Project SEARCH program at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital: Chris Higgs, Gabe Mastrobuono, Jake Romano, Jeff Kinosian, Kenny Torres, and Matthew Rumsey. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s graduation was held virtually.

Project SEARCH is an international work-transition program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2016, Jefferson became the first site in southern New Jersey to become part of the program.

This year’s class featured six interns who worked in various Cherry Hill departments, including Health Information Management, Patient Accounts, Storeroom, Food Service, and Environmental Services.

Cherry Hill Chief Administrative Officer, Lisa Dutterer, encouraged the interns at the virtual ceremony to explore new opportunities: “Follow your dreams, take what you learned, and apply it as you enter the next phase of your life. Everyone at Jefferson wishes you much success and is here to support you as you go forward.”

Along with classroom instruction, Project SEARCH leads interns to meaningful employment by teaching job skills over the course of a school year. The skills they learn help them find related positions that match their talents and interests. Jefferson has hired several Project SEARCH interns upon completion of the program.

Congrats to this year’s Project SEARCH graduates!