For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017
NCIA Awarded Total Facilities Management Contract under Maryland Employment Works Program
To Service I-95 Rest Area in Howard County
State of Maryland- The Board of Public Works announced on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 that the Department of Transportation contract to service the I-95 North/Southbound rest stop area in Howard County was awarded to the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA). This is a great opportunity awarded under the Maryland Employment Works Program.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for our organization to partner with the State” said Herb Hoelter, NCIA’s CEO. “Maryland citizens should be pleased of the States continuing commitment to provide opportunities for people with disabilities”.
The Employment Works Program, a state program that develops employment and business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities, is managed by Maryland Works. The program’s director, Bob Hofmann, indicated that “we appreciate the partnership with the State Highway Administration and NCIA to advance employment opportunities for Marylanders with disabilities.”
The rest stop consists of 74 acres of land that can be accessed northbound and southbound from I-95. This opportunity will provide training and employment opportunities for over 20-35 people with disabilities who currently participate in NCIA’s career development programs and veterans. Duties will include landscaping, snow removal, and janitorial services.
Director of Supported Employment and Contracts at NCIA, Vanessa Harrison, said “I think it is always positive to improve the quality of life, to provide full and part time employment for people with disabilities, and to help them gain independence and a sense of pride. They are eager to work and it makes my heart smile to watch them develop. This five year contract will be an excellent addition to the numerous other employment opportunities offered by NCIA.”