Ten students from Sumner County Schools will participate in Project SEARCH at Welch College this fall, according to Greg Ketteman, vice president for strategic initiatives and dean of graduate education at Welch.
Ketteman said, “These young adults will continue their preparation to transition into the workforce after high school in the nationally acclaimed program designed to provide professionally-coached, on-the-job experiences for special-needs students.
“Welch College is one of just two Tennessee colleges hosting Project SEARCH. A partnership involving Sumner County Schools, Project SEARCH, the ACCESS Project, and the Tennessee Department of Human Services provides resources and personnel for the program while Welch College provides the program and job-training venue.”
Lead teacher Cindy Hamblen, a 30+ year veteran employee of Sumner County Schools and two workplace readiness specialists will coach these students. Well known in Sumner County for her community leadership in establishment of sports programs for children with special needs, Hamblen most recently worked with special needs students at Whitten Elementary School.
“I am very enthusiastic about being a part of the continuing development of our Sumner County special needs students,” Hamblen said. “We have a solid partnership and outstanding professional team in place.”