Eleven interns last week participated in a sort of graduation ceremony from Project SEARCH, a national high-school-to-work transition program for people with cognitive disabilities.
The program, funded by grants and headquartered at the K-State Student Union, offers young adults who have finished high school three internships over the course of nine months to give them work experience and help them identify areas of interest.
The interns worked at least 16 hours a week at local businesses, bagging groceries, doing laundry and performing other tasks.
Seven of the eleven students had been hired on a permanent basis as of last week.
The following students were honored for their participation in Project SEARCH: Bethany Garza, Brendon Steward, Chelsea Dzewaltowski, Jacob Wren, Janiera Gibson, Jared Wright, Jeffrey Neu, Kaitlin Narciso, Katie Liebe, Starleena Barber and Tyler Darbonne.
The following businesses hired interns this year: K-State Student Union, K-State Facilities Services, Max Fitness, The Manhattan Mercury, K-State Recycling Center, Dillons (Westloop and Junction City), Marlatt Elementary School, Sodexo, Peters Recreation Complex, Walgreens (Blumont & Westloop), K-State Alumni Center, HyVee, K-State Center for Child Development, Manhattan Aquarium Company/Sunflower PetSupplies, Sunset Zoo, Shear Dynamics, K-State Student Union Maintenance, aTa Bus, Chartwells, Mercy Regional Health Center, Bellus Academy and Armour Eckrich.