A transitional program for special needs young adults is celebrating as the Milwaukee County Zoo graduates its first class of interns.
Project Search teaches young people with disabilities how to succeed in the workforce after high school. The zoo started their program this year, and is one of 14 such work sites throughout Wisconsin.
“Anyone who hires you is going to be doing themselves a great favor,” said County Executive Chris Abele. He also said that the zoo and Project Search are working to “guarantee that any high school student with disabilities can get (a job).”
Project Search begin at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996, and and grown from there. Since it started in Wisconsin in 2008, 457 interns have graduated. An additional 14 sites are planned for Wisconsin.
“This is not a charity program. We can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines” of the job market, said Governor Scott Walker.