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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 08, 2018
CONTACT: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

Governor Walker Celebrates Project SEARCH Graduates at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton

Statewide program has expanded from 1 site to 24 sites since 2010

APPLETON – Governor Scott Walker joined staff from the Appleton Area School District and Ascension Health and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Chris Hagerup today to congratulate the latest class of Project SEARCH graduates at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

“Eight years ago, we had one Project SEARCH site in the state, and by this fall we will have 27 sites to help young adults enter the workforce,” said Governor Walker. “Wisconsin has one of the best success rates in the country with 88% of graduates finding employment immediately or soon after graduating. Programs like Project SEARCH continue to open new doors for those with disabilities and build a strong workforce that is inclusive of the unique abilities and backgrounds of all Wisconsinites.”

Project SEARCH is a business led collaboration that enables youth and young adults with disabilities gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration in a hands-on work environment.

Project SEARCH has undergone significant expansion in Wisconsin since Governor Walker took office, growing from a single site during the 2010-2011 school year, to 24 sites during the 2017-2018 school year.

The 2017-2019 biennial budget includes several initiatives to promote employment for people with disabilities, including:

More information on Project SEARCH can be viewed here.