Project Search - Overlook Medical Center

Project Search - Overlook Medical Center
The primary goal of Project SEARCH-Overlook Medical Center is to provide each of the students with the skills they need to secure competitive employment in the community. We are pleased to announce that four of the program’s nine interns have already secured a paid job. Eddie T., a 20-year-old student from Kenilworth and former student at the Commission’s Westlake School, was hired in March by Overlook as a Patient Care Technician. Eddie completed two internship rotations at the hospital; one in central materials and supplies, and the other on a clinical nursing unit learning key duties of a typical Patient Care Technician. Maria DeLauro, manager of cardiac services at Overlook said, “In a short time, we have come to depend on Eddie for organizing the supply wings, restocking supplies on his assigned floor, and delivering patient admission and discharge packets.”
The unit staff was impressed by how quickly Eddie caught on to his routine. “We realized he’s pretty capable and asks good questions,” DeLauro said. Eddie’s position is approximately 22-25 hours per week, and includes benefits and a pension.
Eddie was the first Project SEARCH intern in the state of New Jersey to be hired.  
Eddie's father, Adolfo, a native Spanish speaker, said: “I was concerned and worried that he wouldn’t be accepted into the program. It helps so much in knowing he is able to work somewhere, especially in a hospital, and it brings us great joy.”
Joseph S., a 20-year old student from Plainfield , was hired in April as a dishwasher and dining room attendant at Arooga's Sports Bar and Grille in North Plainfield. 
Kevin A., a 21-year old student from Plainfield (and formerly Westfield) was hired by Overlook in May as a Unit Rep in the Surgical Services department. 
David D., a 21-year old student from Elizabeth, was hired by Overlook as a Linens Tech in the Environmental Services department. 
To learn more about Project SEARCH visit the national website at Project SEARCH or the local Union County program website at: Project SEARCH-Union County NJ
Applications for the 2017-18 student cohort closed on April 28th. Candidates attended an Interview and Skills Assessment Day on May 11th at Overlook. The 2nd cohort will begin next September.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between UCESC, Overlook Medical Center (part of Atlantic Health System), the Union County Workforce Development Board, the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services,the Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, and NJTIP at Rutgers.

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