Arc Herkimer, HCCC laud internship program graduates


HERKIMER — Three individuals have graduated in the 2021 class of Project SEARCH, an internship program between Arc Herkimer’s Career Connections and Herkimer County Community College.

The recent graduates are:

James Michael Kent;

Edwin ‘Teddy’ Ratcliffe; and

Amber Stevens.

Arc Herkimer’s Project SEARCH is a 40-week program for young adults, ages 18 to 34, with disabilities.

The College began its partnership in the fall of 2016 and was the first iteration of Project SEARCH in the nation to be hosted on a community college campus.

Through Project SEARCH, interns receive instruction and hands-on work experience with an end-goal of achieving competitive employment and increased independence.

While the structure of this year’s program had to be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic and interns were not able to work on the College campus—instead taking internships at the MV Golf & Event Center, Arc Herkimer Transportation Services, and the Arc Herkimer Goods Store—Robin Riecker, Ed.D., associate dean of academic affairs, confirmed that the College will be welcoming Project SEARCH® interns to work on the campus again in the coming year.

For more information or an application for the 2021-2022 intern class, check the Arc Herkimer Career Connections website at


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