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Ten graduates receive diplomas from Project SEARCH after internship



Rick Solem

Ten graduates of the Project SEARCH class received diplomas after spending the year interning at Gundersen Health System.

The program enables adults ages 18-21 with disabilities gain and maintain employment.

Department of Workforce Development Director Caleb Frostman was in attendance.

He says that group of citizens can bring unique skills to the table.

“That’s an area we’d like to see greater gains made”, Frostman says. “These folks who might be overlooked in the workforce and allow them to gain some skills and receive on the job training.”

Frostman says they are proud of the success it has had on the communities, students, and businesses.

“Wisconsin has been a star performer when it comes to Project SEARCH sites. We’re about 15 points ahead of the national average.”

Seven of the ten graduates already had jobs lined up, including one doing the same job he performed while interning.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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