RICHLANDS, Va. -

Students involved with Project SEARCH will graduate soon. 

In a press release, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services says the program provides work experience for Virginia youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They say it also helps students with interpersonal skills.

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services says students work in a health care or business setting, with the goal of gaining employment by the end of the school year. They say some of the host sites offer employment to students prior to graduating. They also say this year, more than a third of the participating students have already secured jobs. 

Project SEARCH is coordinated by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department of Education and local public schools systems.

Nearly 90 students participated in the program this school year.  Graduations are being held throughout Virginia.  One of those graduation ceremonies is at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands on May 16.