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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

Friday, June 2, 2017
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DWD Officials Recognize Project SEARCH Graduates from Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh

OSHKOSH – Today, officials from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) provided remarks congratulating the most recent class of Project SEARCH program graduates from Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. DWD was represented by Delora Newton, Administrator of DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The class of graduates from Mercy Medical includes 12 of the record 160 Project SEARCH graduates for the 2016-2017 school year.

"Governor Walker greatly expanded the Project SEARCH program through his year of A Better Bottom Line initiative and with an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, it is easy to see why," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. "The program has grown from 6 sites in 2014 to 17 sites this year and a record 160 graduates as the program continues to provide talent and reliable workers to Wisconsin businesses who are clamoring for skilled talent. Governor Walker recognizes the importance of every worker, and we will continue to ensure that everyone who wants a job is able to find a job."

Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration in a hands-on work environment. Project SEARCH is a partnership between DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local schools and businesses.

For more information on Project SEARCH and other services offered through DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation