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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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DWD Deputy Secretary Maxwell Congratulates Fourth Class of Project SEARCH Graduates from Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Seven graduates from Waukesha Memorial part of record number of Project SEARCH graduates

WAUKESHA – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell provided remarks congratulating the most recent class of Project SEARCH program graduates from Waukesha Memorial Hospital. This year's class marked the fourth graduating class from Waukesha Memorial and seven of the record 160 graduates for the 2016-2017 school year.

"Since Governor Walker took office, the Project SEARCH program has grown exponentially, from one site and eleven graduates during the 2010-2011 school year, to seventeen sites and 160 graduates during the 2016-2017 school year," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "Governor Walker and the businesses who participate in Project SEARCH know the value that individuals with disabilities bring to their employer each day, and with an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, we must ensure that whoever wants a job, is able to find a job and experience the dignity that working and earning a paycheck provides."

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