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Children's Colorado Creates Opportunities for High School Seniors with Disabilities


The latest group of graduates from the Project Search program at Children's Hospital Colorado: Ruby Gameroz (left), Branson Goodman, Vincent Reigel, Manjunath
The latest group of graduates from the Project Search program at Children's Hospital Colorado: Ruby Gameroz (left), Branson Goodman, Vincent Reigel, Manjunath "Manju" Stein, Jacob "Jack" Ryan, Sally Schiel and Raymond Swain.

Children’s Hospital Colorado, along with other Project SEARCH companies, are helping to provide employment opportunities to the more than 51,200 of young people in Colorado with disabilities.

Project SEARCH expanded to Colorado five years ago to provide internships to special-education students in their last year of high school. Special-ed students are given extra time to graduate.

Learn more about Children's Hospital Colorado Project SEARCH program.

Stacy Whiteside, program manager of Project SEARCH for Children’s Colorado, says the hospital started its first class in August 2009. The program tracks a school year; students start in August and graduate in May. Seven graduated most recently from the program at Children’s Colorado.

Eight or nine students typically participate in Project SEARCH at the hospital, where they’re put to work in different departments to get a feel for what each does. Participating students must first go through the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and complete an interview.

Read the full story from The Denver Business Journal.