Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and the state Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recently honored Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada with a DRS Community Partner of the Year award.
Lamb presented Amy Cosper from Valley View Regional Hospital with a proclamation declaring April 5 Project Search Employers Recognition Day in Oklahoma.
Valley View Regional Hospital was recognized for participation in Project SEARCH, an on-the-job training program that helps Oklahoma high school seniors with disabilities develop marketable skills and confidence.
Human Resources Generalist with Project SEARCH Liaison Amy Cosper accepted the award on the steps of the state Capitol with 200 guests present as part of DRS’ 17th People with Disabilities Awareness Day.
“Valley View Regional Hospital makes jobs in several departments available for Project SEARCH students who rotate through each one,” DRS Director Michael O’Brien, Ed. D. said. “Our students, who are all DRS clients, work closely with staff to develop positive work habits and skills that will last a lifetime.”
Byng, Latta, Roff, Stonewall and Allen public schools offer employment and independent living skills training to the students. Job coaches provided through Not Just Jobs fade away as students begin working independently.
The OU National Center for Disability Education and Training provides technical assistance.
DRS Commissioners Ray Kirk from Muskogee, Vice Chair Steve Shelton from Edmond and member Ben White from Lawton congratulated Cosper during the ceremony.