Five graduates of Project SEARCH were celebrated Wednesday, June 15, during a lunch program at Lansdowne Resort.
Project SEARCH is a partnership between LCPS, the Lansdowne Resort, Didlake and the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). It supports students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21 as they transition to the workforce. The program is conducted at the resort, and students work in a variety of roles within different departments.
Students paid tribute to the resort’s staff members who supported them in purchasing and receiving, housekeeping, human resources, the bakery, the spa, the kitchen, stewarding and conference setup.
Each student received a certificate of completion and shared a bit about their employment status after graduation. One student will work as a kitchen assistant at Patrick Henry College, one will be completing an IT training program, one will be a dishwasher at Ashby Ponds, one will be a part-time cake decorator at Harris Teeter and one will continue in the purchasing and receiving department at Lansdowne Resort.
LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler delivered closing remarks. Dr. Ziegler thanked the community partners in the program and congratulated the students.
Dr. Ziegler was joined by Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Smith and Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Asia Jones.