WVU Medicine celebrates first Project SEARCH graduating class

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The first class of Project SEARCH interns graduated from the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital program May 26. The interns, high school students with disabilities, rotated through job roles in several departments within Ruby, gaining real-world experience.

While the program has existed since 1996, WVU Medicine in the first Project SEARCH host site in the state.

“This year, with these students, has been a joy for all involved in the program at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital,” Colleen Sybert, WVU Medicine associate vice president of Human Resources, said. “It has been a privilege to watch them grow as individuals and find roles that interest them within our organization and/or their local community. I look forward to the potential this program has to continue to provide opportunities for young people with disabilities.”

Learn more about the 2021 WVU Medicine Project SEARCH class members and their experiences.

The graduates, pictured below, include, left to right: Jazmine Baker, Joshua Tracey, Akira Jones, Logan Price, and Abigail Carpenter.