Project SEARCH graduates in graduation gowns holding their certificates

Tyler ISD and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances celebrated eight Project SEARCH interns during a special graduation ceremony this morning at Wisenbaker Conference Center. Project SEARCH graduates include Destiny Bivens, Carter Creed, Anthony Farmer, Kristina Hamill, Madison Rawls, Braylen Seaton, Addison Stone, and Lucia Valdez.

Project SEARCH educates and trains Tyler ISD students with disabilities for today’s workforce. The students rotate through three internships during the school year, gaining skills for competitive employment opportunities throughout the community.

“Project SEARCH is such an impactful program and opportunity for our students,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “Equipping them with skills they need to be successfully employed when they leave Tyler ISD not only benefits our students but our society. We are grateful for CHRISTUS and the other program sponsors for their shared vision of creating successful outcomes for all Tyler ISD students.”

Project SEARCH began at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System in 2015 as a collaboration between Tyler ISD, Texas Workforce Solutions, Andrews Center, and Winning Edge Employment Services. Project SEARCH is hosted at 626 sites across the world with more than 3,000 graduates. In Tyler, more than 50 graduates have completed the program thus far.

In his remarks, Crawford said more than just the students benefit from the program. “Many dedicated staff and educators pour their hearts into making this program a success for their students,” he said. “But, the love poured back into them from these students is even more meaningful.” 

For more information, please contact Jennifer Hines at 903-262-1064.