Students at the Georgia Academy for the Blind have a new opportunity to get real world experience in a hospital setting.
The academy in Macon partnered with Navicent Health to give them on-the-job training.
Gabrielle Dawkins met three students in this program and took a look at their day-to-day duties.
The Peyton Anderson Health Education Center at Navicent Health gained three new helpers.
Senior student Reginald Evans works in the hospital's Create Café stacking items and cleaning tables.
"You know me. I have fun along the way," says Reginald Evans.
Angel Lopez works in the Linen Services Department stacking pillowcases on shelves and making deliveries and in the Warehouse Department. Sydney Brooks gets the hospital gear ready for use.
These three students started their 1-year internship in August visiting the hospital 4 times a week on top of their daily classes.
It's possible through Project Search, a program that helps people with disabilities transition from school to jobs, says instructor Alicia Jackson.
"They've learned how to budget money. They've learned interviewing skills, how to build a resume, total independence, what it means to get up and be prepared for work each day," says Jackson.
She pushes her student to believe in themselves.
"Just give a taste on how the real world is, and then also taught me how to be more independent," says Evans.
Reginald Evans says his disabilities will not put him in a box.
"Now I can do the same exact thing that you all can do," says Evans.
And they'll get to put those skills to the working world test after they walk across the graduation stage in May.
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