‘A resounding success’: 11 students graduate from ProjectSEARCH – The Winchester Star

Image of a young caucasian woman smiling and pointing at a projector screen behind her, which is filled with bright photos of her in various work environments. Text on the screen identifies her as Arlie Wines

By Josh Janney

WINCHESTER — Eleven ProjectSEARCH students graduated on Monday after completing an internship program through Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center.

“The mission of ProjectSEARCH is to place students with disabilities in a work environment, learn job skills, with a goal of at least part-time employment, minimum wage and 75% of the students employed,” said Frederick County Public Schools special education teacher Chuck Ashby. “We’re working on achieving this goal again this year. We have four students employed already.”

Ashby said this year marks the program’s fifth year. Of the 52 students who have graduated from ProjectSEARCH, 45 have jobs — an 87% success rate.