DeKalb joins ranks of RAMP programs helping students with disabilities

DEKALB (WREX) — RAMP has a new site in northern Illinois to help students with disabilities prepare for future employment.

Project Search has found another home at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Thursday they cut the ribbon! Project Search is a one-year program that aims to help students with disabilities acquire skills and training for employment past high school.

Each student chosen takes part in three ten-week internships  with the hospital to help them explore their vocational skills and abilities. You’ll find them stocking inpatient rooms, cleaning hallways, working reception, and much more.

Program organizers say the partnership isn’t just beneficial for the students, but for the lives they touch in the hospital every day.

“We have many roles that fit the job skills of our interns and we’re able to really give them their life skills,” says Jay Anderson, President of Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Valley West hospitals. “It’s also very consistent with our mission to serve our communities.”

This is RAMP’s second site for Project Search.

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