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Project SEARCH classes recognized at graduation ceremony

On June 4, Johnson County Developmental Supports and Johnson County Community College held a graduation ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 JCDS Project SEARCH classes!

Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in community employment. In the program, interns spend nine months working at a host business site. They complete three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills.

Due to COVID-19, the class of 2020 did not get a traditional graduating ceremony last year, so this year the ceremony was combined so both classes could walk across the stage and be fully recognized for all their hard work. Even with the hardship brought on by the pandemic, the Johnson County Government Project SEARCH class of 2020 was able to achieve a 70% employment outcome award!

This program will be entering its eighth year with the class of 2022 starting this fall.

We want to thank our program partners, RideKC Freedom, Workforce Partnership KC, and a special thank you to Johnson County Community College Continuing Education for hosting and presenting graduates with Continuing Education Certificates for completing the program.

Congratulations to all the graduates!

2020 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Michaela Barry
  • Alexander Gaulke
  • Charity Pennington
  • Roy Hunter Bell
  • Cassandra Kamps
  • Devin Seeger
  • Sean Berrigan
  • Noah Krueger
  • Casi Valadez
  • Jennifer Crabtree
  • Arian Mohammadi

2021 Project SEARCH Graduates:

  • Nikolas Espinoza
  • Rachel Mast
  • Todd Weber
  • Sarah Hamilton
  • Arsha Merchant
  • Rachel Ann Zink
  • Christopher Shawn Larkins