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Project search graduates present goals, experiences

COEUR d'ALENE - Nine young adults are now confident, willing and ready to enter the workforce, thanks to Project Search.

They have the business cards to prove it.

Four of the 2014 program's graduates stood before members of the Project Search Business Advisory Council during a meeting Wednesday at Kootenai Health, where they presented their resumes and positive attitudes about finding careers.

“Most people our age, when they don't know the skills, have a tendency to maybe get fired quicker because you're still in that learning process,” said Alyx Mewes, 20, of Coeur d'Alene. “Here, we get a chance to move ahead of everyone else, and have the experiences that no one else has that can (help) us get a job and maybe keep it longer than others.”

Project Search is a one-year high school transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ranging from cognitive development and autism to anxiety and depression. It follows the school schedule of the public school year, beginning in September and ending the first week of June with breaks for spring and winter. More here.Devin Heilman, CdA Press

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