Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd’s Project SEARCH  program will hold its graduation ceremony for eight students on Wednesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. in the Conrad W. Raker Center (601 St. John St., Allentown) multipurpose room. Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham and Chief of Staff Frank Kane will be on hand to honor the graduates.
Project SEARCH helps students with learning disabilities and other cognitive disorders learn the communication and other workplace skills needed for employment in today’s marketplace. The nine-month program places the students in various jobs at Good Shepherd and provides the participants with the skills they need to become valued employees for local businesses and organizations. Three of this year’s graduates have already secured employment.
This year’s graduates are: Bronson Baer of New Tripoli; Michelle Bock of Palmerton; Geoffrey Day, Anthony Hanzl, Gretchen Lambert and Robert Palmer, all of Allentown; Diana Matika of Coplay; and Dustin Schappel of Emmaus.
Good Shepherd is the first Project SEARCH site in the state. The program, which originated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1997, is a partnership between Good Shepherd Work Services, Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Lehigh County, and the Office of Intellectual Disabilities, Lehigh County.