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For Immediate Release

Project SEARCH Partners with Centene

Media Contact:     Laura Checkett, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
                                               314-813-4207 | laura.checkett@esmw.org

Easterseals Midwest and Project SEARCH Partner with Centene to Provide Job Training for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Project SEARCH has announced a partnership with Centene Corporation to offer internship opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized work training program dedicated to helping young adults with disabilities gain the skills required for employment at community businesses. Through a nine-month program, Centene will offer workplace training and skills development for each intern, equipping them to take the next step in finding a job. Project SEARCH is offered through the nonprofit Easterseals Midwest, which provides additional support through an instructor and employment advisors.

“For many of our program participants, finding their first job is an important step toward independence,” said Easterseals Midwest Chief Executive Officer Wendy Sullivan. “During these internships, they learn critical skills that prepare them for success in the workforce. We are proud to partner with Centene in changing how the world defines and views disability.”

Centene is headquartered in Clayton, Missouri. Starting in the fall of 2017, Centene will offer internships to Easterseals Midwest’s Project SEARCH participants. Interns will access a variety of positions and be trained in task-specific skills and workplace conduct. “We look forward to partnering with the Easterseals Midwest on such an important and impactful project,” said Wade Rakes, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Centene. “As a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise, we value the unique backgrounds, perspectives and talents of all our employees and partners. Each perspective helps us deliver on our purpose of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time.”

About Easterseals Midwest  | Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit organization changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.  The organization employs 1,700 employees delivering services to more than 4,600 individuals statewide through four divisions: Autism Services, Community Living Services, Early Childhood Services and Employment Services. For more information, visit eastersealsmidwest.org.

About Project SEARCH  | Project SEARCH has been empowering young adults with disabilities by preparing them for jobs within their communities since 1996. Since its founding, the program has grown to 300 sites worldwide and changed thousands of lives.

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