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Project SEARCH Graduates Step Forward

"If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” - Nora Roberts

On June 10, 2022, MARC, Inc. of Manchester celebrated the third graduating class of its Project SEARCH program. The ceremony took place at Goodwin University. The Commencement Speaker this year will be Lynn Damon, newly installed Chair of the Board of Directors for MARC, Inc.

Project SEARCH prepares MARC individuals for a future of employment, living independently, budgeting, and so much more. Life skills plus newly acquired hands-on experience make our graduates qualified candidates for prospective employers.

This year, MARC expanded its Project SEARCH program to two sites, Goodwin University and Hartford Hospital.

Let’s meet our Class of 2022 graduates.

Lisa Clay

Lisa is kind-hearted and never has a bad thing to say about anyone or anything. She is always willing to try, and puts all her effort in everything she does. She loves to sing and dance, and loves her family and her cat, Prince. She is currently working with MARC's job development team to find a job in retail and we know she will be employed soon!

Brian Flanagan

Brian is eager, motivated, and enthusiastic to find a job. His passions include music, Special Olympics, and all things Disney and Harry Potter. Brian would love to find a job in an office setting or a musical theatre. His dedication will make him a valuable employee. He just needs that first big break. He is currently working with MARC’s job development team.

Anna Lam

Anna is a self-starter, always up for anything, and loves a good adventure. She loves video games, drawing, basketball and Five Below. Anna would love a job close to home and because of her internship at the Hartford Hospital Gift Shop, she wants to find a job in retail! She is currently working with MARC’s job development team to make this happen.

Patty McKellar

Patty is kind-hearted and always willing to help another. She loves Harry Potter, Disney, and her dog, Jethro. Patty would love a job close to home, where she can make a difference in people’s lives. Her dedication and trustworthiness will make her that reliable employee that all employers are looking for. She is currently working with MARC’s job development team and we know she will be employed soon!

Omayra Santiago

Omayra is a team player with a huge heart. She would like to find a job working with clothing or in retail. She loves fashion and looking her best, and she wants the same for you! This is what will make her a great addition to a team work environment. She is currently working with MARC’s job development team to find a good employer match.

Johnathan Stephenson

Johnathan is a motivated and independent self-starter. He’s always on the move. He loves his faith, plants, and riding his bike. Johnathan has been offered a job at Hartford Hospital in the environmental department! He is excited to start in June, and we will be there to check in with him. Congratulations, Johnathan!

John Taggart

John is determined, quick-witted, and has only good things to say about everyone. He likes bowling, musical theatre, cooking, and anything peppermint flavored. John has accepted a job offer in the Hartford Hospital cafeteria and we know he will be great! Congratulations, John!

We are ecstatic to have two interns graduating with job offers from their host site. If you have an opportunity that sounds like a good fit for one of MARC’s talented individuals, please contact Lindsey Sidera at (860) 646-5718.

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