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Nicholas Castellino and Tyler Longman, right, work together in the kitchen at the Medford Multicare Center. They are Project SEARCH students and part of a new program launched by Eastern Suffolk BOCES to give 10 students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn job skills. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Students with disabilities get job training

An acute care facility in Medford is serving as the real-world classroom for seven Suffolk County high school seniors with developmental disabilities -- the first immersion internship program of its kind on Long Island. Students enrolled in Project SEARCH at Eastern Suffolk BOCES will learn job skills such as clerical work, housekeeping, maintenance and doing laundry at Medford Multicare Center. They will spend the academic year in training with the hope of finding a job and gaining independence upon graduation.

Project SEARCH Nicholas Castellino and Tyler Longman, right,
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Project SEARCH Nicholas Castellino and Tyler Longman, right, work together in the kitchen at the Medford Multicare Center. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Austin Walters participates in Project SEARCH at the
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Austin Walters participates in Project SEARCH at the Medford Multicare Center. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Hunter Sola works in the Medford Multicare Center
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Hunter Sola works in the Medford Multicare Center as part of Project SEARCH. He is part of the first group of students in a program launched by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, which provides high school seniors an opportunity to learn job skills such as clerical work, housekeeping, maintenance and doing laundry. (Oct. 4, 2013)

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Project SEARCH student Marta Echeverry restocks the shelves
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Project SEARCH student Marta Echeverry restocks the shelves at the Medford Multicare Center. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Project SEARCH student Zabhia Kahn works at the
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Project SEARCH student Zabhia Kahn works at the nurse's concierge desk, doing clerical tasks at the Medford Multicare Center. "I'm learning new things," she said, adding that her day is "very different" than when she was in the classroom. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Nicholas Castellino participates in Project SEARCH at the
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Nicholas Castellino participates in Project SEARCH at the Medford Multicare Center. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Jonathan Joseph participates in Project SEARCH at the
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Jonathan Joseph participates in Project SEARCH at the Medford Multicare Center. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Nicholas Castellino and Tyler Longman, right, work together
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Nicholas Castellino and Tyler Longman, right, work together in the kitchen at the Medford Multicare Center. They are Project SEARCH students and part of a new program launched by Eastern Suffolk BOCES to give 10 students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn job skills. (Oct. 4, 2013)

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