WVU Medicine celebrates first Project SEARCH graduating class

WVU Medicine celebrates first Project SEARCH graduating class

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The first class of Project SEARCH interns graduated from the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital program today, May 26. The cohort of five students rotated within the organization, gaining real-world experience.

While the program has existed since 1996, WVU Medicine in the first Project SEARCH host site in the state.

The graduates include:

  • Jasmin Baker
  • Abigail Carpenter
  • Akira Jones
  • Joshua Tracey
  • Logan Price


“This year with these students has been a joy for all involved in the program at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital,” Colleen Sybert, WVU Medicine associate vice president of Human Resources, said. “It has been a privilege to watch them grow as individuals and find roles that interest them within our organization and/or their local community. I look forward to the potential this program has to continue to provide opportunities for young people with disabilities.”

The program is coordinated and hosted by WVU Medicine and supported by the West Virginia Department of Education. Other participating community organizations include:

  • the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services;
  • local school systems in Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties;
  • PACE Enterprises;
  • Goodwill North Central West Virginia;
  • the Fairmont Disability Action Center; and
  • the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.


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