This story was adapted from a story on the WMDT website.

Five local students will intern at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland this year as part of Project SEARCH. Officials from the Maryland State Department of Education attended the kickoff event for the students at the hospital.

Project SEARCH helps students with disabilities transition their way into the workforce with employment opportunities.

“We have found that employability is higher, and their success thereafter high school is greater,” said Marcella E. Franczkowski, the Assistant State Superintendent for the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services.

“You hear about it all the time, the success in employment that the students have and the business partnerships that you make at the host sites,” said Matt Elburn, the transition coordinator for Worcester County Public Schools.

Officials from MSDE including Marcella Franzckowski at the Project SEARCH kickoff event at Atlantic General Hospital

The students interning at Atlantic General Hospital at Project SEARCH

The five students who will be interning with AGH will be performing clerical jobs, scanning and filing paperwork, working in labs, and much more.  Needless to say, they are excited about the opportunity.

“Yes I am, especially with the whole bio technical engineering.  I learn how all the cat scans and MRIs work and it’s really interesting,” said Toni Dixon, an intern with AGH.   “I’m just learning more, having more experiences, learning more skills around here.  Like how to handle things.”