Project SEARCH Students Receive High School Diplomas During Graduation Event at Halifax Health

Pictured are: Back row (L-R): Patty Snyder, Project SEARCH Instructor; Justin Alfano; Zachary Hall; Vickie Parnell, Project SEARCH Employment Specialist; W.G. Watts, Halifax Health’s Project SEARCH Business Liaison; James Ullery; Brittany Sanchez; and Brandon Davis, Project SEARCH Skills Trainer.  Front row (L-R): Alex Cobean; Justin Baumgardner; Capreisha Massey; and Kaylee Moritz.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (May 24, 2018) – On May 23, eight Project SEARCH Volusia County students received their high school diplomas during a morning ceremony held at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach.  This is the program’s second graduating class in Volusia County.

This year’s Project SEARCH Volusia County graduates included: Justin Alfano, Justin Baumgardner, Alex Cobean, Zachary Hall, Capreisha Massey, Kaylee Moritz, Brittany Sanchez, and James Ullery. 

The graduates, who were enrolled in Volusia County Schools Exceptional Student Education program, had completed their senior year at their respective local high school, but had their diploma deferred for a year of special job-coached internships at Halifax Health and other community job sites. 

Several of the graduates have jobs waiting for them with local businesses, including: Brittany Sanchez, Halifax Health Dietary Department; Zachary Hall, Cobb Theatres; James Ullery, Boston Market; Alex Cobean, Chevrolet dealership; Justin Baumgardner, Taco Bell; and Capreisha Massey, Good Samaritan.  Graduates Justin Alfano and Kaylee Moritz are in the process of securing employment.

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business-led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace.  Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

The program provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life.

Halifax Health is a host site for this nationally recognized program and successful local joint venture between Volusia County Schools, Progressive Abilities Support Services (PASS) and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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