From organizing to filing, they’re tasks patient care liaison Zachary Losardo takes seriously. “I make copies for the nurses. I clean toys for the patients, and I do isolation cabinets.” Zachary was hired as a Golisano patient care liaison after interning in Project Search.
“We really focused on different job skills and tasks that we could help him develop,” said Jeremy Rose, a PICU clinical coordinator at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
“The interns they do three ten-week rotations in each department. They do an interview process with the department directors, and once they are selected for that department, they can be hired at any time throughout the entire program,” explained Meghan Daley, a Project Search program coordinator with Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Lee County students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are currently enrolled in the exceptional student program can participate in Project Search. The program teaches transitional work skills with the hopes that students will be hired.
“Zachery was very quiet at first. He didn’t really know what to expect because he had never been involved in a job before. As he progressed throughout the program you could see him just open up and be more self-sufficient and productive all on his own,” Rose said.
The program collaborates with Lee County school district, the center for independent living and vocational rehabilitation. Giving students with special needs an opportunity to transition from school to work.
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