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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

June 8, 2016
CONTACT: Tom Evenson, (608) 267-7303

Governor Walker Recognizes Project SEARCH Graduates at Milwaukee County Zoo

Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined local partners today in celebrating the graduation of eleven Project SEARCH interns at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Project SEARCH is a business-led internship program committed to providing competitive employment in an integrated setting to Wisconsin youth with disabilities.

"Our workforce continues to grow, and job creation programs like Project SEARCH are ensuring employers have the candidates they need to fill new positions with qualified workers," Governor Walker said. "The Milwaukee County Zoo continues to support students with disabilities in their mission to acquire relevant and marketable skills that will allow them to use their unique abilities to contribute to Wisconsin’s growing economy."

Project SEARCH is a one-year internship program providing training and education to young adults with disabilities ages 18-25. Since 2008, the program has facilitated the professional development of over 450 graduates in Wisconsin. According to the latest statistics, approximately 87 percent of Wisconsin graduates were employed upon program completion, beating the national Project SEARCH employment rate average by more than 15 percent.

Area organizations involved in the Project SEARCH program at the Milwaukee County Zoo include Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, My Choice Family Care, Community Care, and TMG.