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Project SEARCH Wraps Up 6th Year, Honors Achievements

Project SEARCH Wraps Up 6th Year, Honors Achievements

Project SEARCH, a remarkable transition program for students with disabilities, has just concluded its sixth year, marking yet another milestone in its mission to empower and prepare young individuals for competitive community employment.

Throughout this journey, students from Moore Public School have acquired invaluable employability and job skills, engaging in diverse unpaid work experiences. As we bid farewell to this exceptional year, it's time to celebrate the interns' triumphant completion of the program and acknowledge their hard work and dedication. Moreover, we’re thrilled to announce the recipient of the esteemed "Making a Difference" award, recognizing an extraordinary individual who has gone above and beyond in helping interns succeed in the workplace.

Recognizing Excellence: "Making a Difference" Award Winner

Nika Hughes Web

In a program that thrives on mutual support and collaboration, it’s essential to acknowledge individuals who exemplify outstanding dedication and inspire others to reach their full potential. This year, we proudly present the "Making a Difference" award to Nika Hughes from MSO.

Nika's unwavering commitment and exceptional efforts have played a vital role in guiding our interns toward workplace success. Her relentless support and guidance have uplifted our interns, ensuring they receive the assistance and mentorship needed to flourish.

Nika, we applaud your exceptional work and express our deepest gratitude for your remarkable contributions!

Expanding Opportunities at the HealthPlex

Looking towards the future, Project SEARCH is eager to expand opportunities for students with disabilities within Norman Regional HealthPlex. By partnering with various departments, we aim to provide interns with a wide range of valuable work experiences that prepare them for future employment.


As we embark on the 2023-2024 school year, we invite organizations and departments to join us in this noble endeavor. Hosting an intern can make a significant impact on their journey, empowering them to develop crucial skills and gain practical experience.

If you or someone you know would like to explore the possibility of hosting an intern, we encourage you to reach out to Rachael Laib at or Sherri Sturgill at Together, let's make a difference by creating more opportunities and fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace environment!

Celebrating Partnerships and Acknowledging Contributions

Project SEARCH owes its success to the unwavering support and dedication of our incredible partners.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following departments for their commitment to hosting interns during this school year:

  • Ortho Central Surgery
  • Ortho Central Physical Therapy
  • Medical Surgical Observation
  • Post Coronary Care Unit
  • Ortho Spine
  • Environmental Services
  • Mother/Baby
  • Linen
  • Kitchen
  • Cafeteria
  • Outpatient Lab

These departments have not only provided invaluable work experiences but have also played an essential role in preparing interns for future employment opportunities. We express our deepest gratitude for their partnership and unwavering belief in the potential of these remarkable individuals.

Congratulations, Project SEARCH

As Project SEARCH wraps up its successful sixth year, we take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of the interns who have embraced the program's philosophy of growth and learning.

Through their dedication, they have honed essential employability and job skills, paving the way for competitive community employment. We congratulate the interns on their achievements and extend our sincerest appreciation to Nika Hughes, the recipient of the "Making a Difference" award, for her outstanding contributions.

Looking ahead, we invite organizations and departments to join us in expanding opportunities at HealthPlex for the upcoming school year!