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Project Search prepares people with disabilites for work force
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - "Project Search" is a local program that helps people with disabilities learn skills to get them in the job force.
The program partners with local businesses and helps to set the students up with internships. Giving them a better idea of the work force.
There are nearly 30 interns in the "Project Search" program.
They are split between Baptist Hospital, Gulf Breeze Hosptial, and UWF.
Interns are in the program for a year and get a real life experence in the work force.
"For them to get that training in the classroom is necessary," said Tonya Kerchoff.
They also spend four hours a day in a classroom. Learning everything from resume building to how to budget their money. That's where the laptops will help.
"It's a really good program because it gives the people who have disabilities time to get to do what they want and learn how to do it," said Gaberille Holland.
"It helps me budget my money and save my money up," said Christopher McCaskill.
"It helps a lot of people with disabilities be able to do things that other people can do as well and they help us live independently and get a paid job," said Ashton Turner.
That's why students in the advanced learfership program at the University of West Florida have decided to help.
They've already rasied $4,100 to put towards 18 new laptop computers.
Their goal is $15,000.
"They had a wish list and we got together and said I think we can really do this we want them to have a way to be marketable in the market place and having labtops and being up to date that will get the job done," said Kesha Royster.
"It will help us when we're trying to do resumes or when we're trying to do stuff that has to do with the program it would help a lot," said Ashton Turner.
For more information on the program or how you can help donate you can visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/ProjectSearchPensacola.