Vidant Medical Center launches program to help those with disabilities learn job skills

After high school graduation, students with disabilities now have the opportunity to learn professional skills at a Vidant Medical Center, to make the transition into the work-force a little bit easier.

The national program called Project SEARCH, kicked off for the first time at Vidant Medical Center in August and currently has eight students with disabilities.

Pitt County Schools employee Sara Graves teaches the year-long program and says the students learn how to do things like write checks, send e-mails, talk on the phone, and behave in a professional setting.

Each student also has an internship at the hospital where they help with tasks.

The program, funded by a grant from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, is free for all students.

Interested individuals can apply during the spring semester of their senior year of high school.