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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ten young adults with disabilities were recognized for their hard work and dedication for a job well done at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Project SEARCH graduation ceremony. 

For many of them, this is their first time ever holding a job. 

Wade Wyeth, a graduate of Project SEARCH, spent the last nine months learning and rotating through different departments. This is the 6th year the hospital has taken part in this job training that aims to help build people with disabilities confidence within the workforce. 

“There are some very nice people here,” says Wyeth. “They were really fun to talk to and I really like the library.” 

The program is a partnership with the Little Rock-based nonprofit access and Arkansas rehabilitation services, a division of the Arkansas Department of career education.

Wyeth was excited about the graduation but was even more excited about the opportunity to prove himself as an employee. 

“They saw a lot of potential in me and that was good,” explains Wyeth. 

In total 27 departments took part in helping train the 10 interns. The students learned various professional skills from cooking and preparing food at the UAMS nutrition department and keeping records at the UAMS library.  

Several of the graduates have found jobs already and the majority find jobs within a few months of completing the program. 

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