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Teens learn about program to help students with disabilities

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MADISON (WKOW) -- High school students with disabilities got to learn more about an important opportunity in Madison on Friday.

Project SEARCH held an open house at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. The year-long program helps teens with disabilities transition from high school to the workforce. It places them into intern programs where they complete nine to 12 months of training. The state Department of Workforce Development says the internship includes a blend of classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

Friday's event gave people a chance to speak with organizers and current students in the program.

"You know what this program means for the student is absolute preparation for the world of work in one of the most supportive environments," said Project SEARCH spokeswoman Leslie Mirkin.

Project SEARCH currently has more than 200 locations across the nation with seven in Wisconsin, including the VA Hospital and UW Hospital in Madison.

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