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Boca West Country Club provides training for adults with disabilities

Posted at 3:04 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 17:30:50-04

BOCA RATON. FLA — Young adults with intellectual and development disabilities are being offered a chance to work at Boca West Country Club.

The opportunity is through Project Search, a national effort to give people with learning disabilities the skills and experience to find jobs.

The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, a non-profit in Boca Raton, teamed up with Boca West Country Club to find the perfect interns for Project Search.

Intern Marc Syger spent the last eight months working in and around the country club.

"I am in Grand Central, I make roll-ups, polish silverware, and clean placemats," said Syger.

Boca West President Matthew Linderman said they joined Project Search to help provide opportunities for people in the community.

"Besides being heartfelt, it has been a good thing, not just for the young adults in the program, but for our staff members as well," said Linderman.

This year’s program had seven interns and they each got a taste of different jobs at the country club. From working in maintenance to retail to different restaurants.

Syger said he loved working in the kitchen and hopes to make a career out of it.

"When this program is over I want to work at a restaurant and be a waiter," Syger said. "I want to make the customers happy and my parents too."

Graduation for the interns is May 30, and Boca West already has 10 interns for next year. The country club hopes to keep the program growing.