JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Seven interns celebrated graduation Tuesday, but not from a high school or college, graduation from Project SEARCH.
It's a hands-on training experience for young adults with disabilities, like graduate Katelyn Vernon, to get them prepared to enter the workforce.
"It really meant to me that I can be my own person," Vernon said. "I can get money, pay bills when I get older, get married and have a good life."
They worked in different departments at St. Bernards Medical Center for the last nine months.
Six of those graduates have already accepted jobs, and the seventh is hopeful to find one very soon.
"It is so beneficial for them to be in this job skills training program so they can hone in on their abilities and not focus on their disabilities," Instructor Coordinator Jamie Easley said. "We want them to feel successful in life just like we do every day."
Easley said this program has been just as beneficial for the employees at St. Bernards as it has for the interns.
Project SEARCH has already accepted ten new interns to begin the training process in August.