Jaylen Wiley and Dr. Scott Fritz

Project Search Enters Sixth Year at Halifax Health

  • by Halifax Health
  • January 28, 2022
  • Categories: Article, Blog, Podcast, Press Release, Uncategorized, Video

Pictured Jaylen Wiley and Dr. Scott Fritz

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (January 26, 2022) – Halifax Health, Volusia County Schools and Project SEARCH have partnered for the sixth year in a row to provide education and real world experience for six students at the medical center.  Halifax Health Medical Center was the first site for Project SEARCH in Volusia County, which started in 2016. In 2018, the Project SEARCH site began in the Halifax Health Medical Center of Port Orange and in 2020, the site opened at Halifax Health | UF Health – Medical Center of Deltona. 

Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to a large and continuously expanding international network of sites. Now, worldwide with over 600 sites, there are 41 Project SEARCH sites throughout 25 counties in Florida. Even though the program originated in Ohio, Florida leads the nation as having the most sites. 

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business-led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless balance of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. The program provides real-life work experience to help youth with disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life. 

For a sixth consecutive year, Halifax Health has been a host site for this nationally recognized program and successful local joint venture between Volusia County Schools, Progressive Abilities Support Services (PASS) and the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. 

Halifax Health Medical Center Daytona Beach By the Numbers

2016- 9 students; 6 gained employment  

2017 – 8 students; 8 gained employment  

2018- 9 students; 8 gained employment  

2019- 9 students; 6 gained employment  

2020- 6 students; 5 gained employment  

2021- currently 5 students; 1 recently employed 

Charisse Davis- 1st internship in Café, 2nd internship in Brooks Rehabilitation 

Jonathan Kiser- 1st internship in SPD, 2nd internship in Laundry 

 Jaylen Wiley- 1st internship in SPD, 2nd internship in Café. 

Andrew Steppello- 1st internship in Café, 2nd internship in SPD 

Robert Furlong- 1st internship in SPD, 2nd internship in Receiving.  Recently hired in SPD 

Deltona Halifax  

2017- 12 students, 5 gained employment 

2018- 7 students, 4 gained employment 

2019- 8 students, 2 gained employment 

2020- 6 students, 6 gained employment   

2021- 5 students 

Port Orange Halifax 


Students hired by Halifax Health and currently employed 

Stephanie Campbell was the first hire from the Project SEARCH program in 2016.  She is currently employed full-time in Health Information Management.   

Alex Cobean obtained employment as an Operating Room Technician in 2017 and is currently working in Patient Transport. 

Ruby Dwyer obtained employment in Human Resources in 2019. 

Serigo Toriola obtained employment as a Dish room attendant at the Daytona Hospital. 

John Capozzi obtained full-time employment in Health Information Management in 2020. 

Denise Benn-Gittens obtained full-time employment in Health Information Management in 2021. 

Matthew Roach obtained part-time employment as an Emergency Room Supply Technician in 2021. 

Cheyanne Waggoner obtained employment in 2021 in Dietary at the Port Orange Halifax Hospital. 

Deanna Moliaro obtained part time employment in 2021 in Dietary at the Daytona Hospital.  

Chanzes Tillman obtained full-time employment in 2021 in Dietary at the Daytona Hospital. 

Jadis Satkunas obtained a part-time position in 2021 as a Unit Clerk at the Daytona Hospital. 

William Walters obtained employment in Dietary at the Deltona Hospital.  

From this year’s class (2021-22), Robert Furlong recently obtained full-time employment in Supply Processing Distribution at Halifax Health.

Employment obtained in the community throughout the years:  

Volusia County Schools, Publix, Sodexo at Embry Riddle, Pet Supermarket, Ross Dress for Less, Chipotle, YMCA, Metra Electronics, Taco Bell, Cobb Theatres, Good Samaritan, John Knox Village, Sterling Court Holiday Retirement, Developing Futures Inc., Stetson University.  


About Halifax Health

Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC), Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org