Project Search Graduates Celebrated in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Seven adult students with disabilities graduated from the Project Search program in Portsmouth Thursday afternoon.
The program trains people between 19-and 29-years-old with the skills to be able to enter the workforce. They participate in local internships with the goal of getting a part or full-time job.
Dylan Conrad of Rochester spoke on behalf of the seacoast's 2017 class.
“I have learned many things at project search,” Conrad said. “But the first and most important one being how to act professionally. I used to be unmotivated, and now I have a stronger work ethic. The second one would be time management. I used to do things very slowly and have learned to pick up the pace, at least most of the time.”
Governor Chris Sununu was the keynote speaker at the ceremony and talked about building up similar programs in other parts of the state.
“To be able to come out here and to be able to be part of this program, again I’ve only known for a couple of years, but has had so much success, is just great,” Sununu said.
Of the students that have completed project search on the seacoast 85 percent are employed.