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BOCES 2 Project SEARCH students transition in
Eleven BOCES 2 transition students have graduated from the career development Project SEARCH program, in June 2010, and they will begin working in the community.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between the BOCES 2 Department for Exceptional Children, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, the University of Rochester’s Institute for Innovative Transition, the Arc of Monroe, and NYS Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) to provide training and education for students 18 to 21 with developmental disabilities to lead to employment.

Over the course of the school year the 11 BOCES 2 students worked in various internships at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“Having the students learn marketable skills is the goal so that they can go into the workforce and earn a competitive wage,” said Sue Pratt, assistant director for the Department for Exceptional Children.

Project SEARCH Teacher Kim Zingaro together with Cheryl Hamilton, Lana Wolcott, and Julie Christensen presented each student with a certificate. Speakers at the graduation were Susan Hetherington, NYS Project SEARCH Director Institute for Innovative Transition, Joe Kelly, BOCES 2 director for Exceptional Children and Tracy Petrichick, Chief Operating Officer at the Arc of Monroe.

Congratulations to Grace Barley, Ryan Buda, Kimberly Coons, James D’Anunzio, John DasFaias, Joseph Donato, Gregory Ivery, Travis Lewis, Stefan Neilon, Rainey Walker and Juana Warren. Rainey Walker and Gregory Ivery created the artwork for the graduation brochure.

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