Project SEARCH continues to transition participants from school to work


Haley Loewen, Project SEARCH Coordinator Robert Haude, Project SEARCH Skills Trainer Nikki Jones, Ruth Hurst, Logan Milne, Sage Spencer are all part of the Project SEARCH program at Tabor College. The program is designed for young people transitioning from school to work.

Project SEARCH is currently in its 5th year of operation. The success of the program lies in the partnership with the host site Tabor College, the five school districts in Marion County, Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Council for Developmental Disability Organization. The five-year partnership has formed roots to establish and sustain a successful program that has seen an overall employment outcome rate of 85%. Project SEARCH is a program designed for young people transitioning from school to work who have been identified as having a disability.

This year’s cohort of interns includes 4 interns.

Sage Spencer from Peabody, is currently interning with the maintenance department. Spencer has a desire to work as a social worker or a psychologist. Spencer is a strong disability advocate and has a desire to see people provided the appropriate accommodations which they need to be successful.

Ruth Hurst is from Hillsboro and is currently interning in the Jayshop. Hurst has taken advantage of her opportunity at Tabor as an intern in the Welcome Center during her second internship where she acquired many employability skills that will increase her job opportunities after Project SEARCH. Logan Milne moved to Hillsboro from Inman to participate in Project SEARCH. Milne has had multiple opportunities to expand on his understanding of his skill set and how his skills can be transferred into a job after Project SEARCH. Milne has been a great teammate and encouragement for the other interns during this school year.

Haley Loewen’s attitude and determination have been a benefit for her throughout the program this school year. Loewen is from Hillsboro and is interning in the Welcome Center. She excelled in her first internship this year and has made a great impact on her managers at Tabor during her first two internships.

Tabor College Project SEARCH culminates each year with graduation. This year’s graduation will be held on Tabor’s campus in the auditorium located in the Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m. on May 6.


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