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EPIC (formerly Project SEARCH) is a vocational training program for young adults. Participants gain the needed work skills to be competitive and marketable so that they may become permanently employed in the community. As a whole, the EPIC program achieves a 70% hire rate for the participants.


EPIC is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Spring Cohort! Access the application below. Have any questions? Contact Morgan McPhillamy, Stark DD, for questions regarding the program/applications. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, December 7th at 9 AM.


Benefits & Eligibility

Participants in EPIC become more confident and independent throughout the internship experience. They learn how to work and communicate with peers and supervisory personnel. Siffrin staff at EPIC offer the support needed to learn and grow.



Eligibility requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.

  • Strong desire to work and learn new work skills

  • Reliable & punctual

  • Ability to communicate

  • Willingness and ability to access independent transportation options

  • Drug screen and background check approval

  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

  • Medicaid waiver, RSC funding or self-pay options

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Community Partnerships

Siffrin initiated the EPIC program (originally Project SEARCH) in Stark County in January 2009 at Aultman Hospital. Aultman executive and personnel have been instrumental in the success of Project SEARCH.




Departments throughout Aultman Health Foundation welcome the EPIC interns into their work site and help them to learn and train on the job.


Since 2009, additional local businesses have become supporters of EPIC and now serve as "internship sites" for the program.


Interested in learning more?

Contact our Director or Community Integration and Transportation, Matt White, at

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