Manassas, VA – Two Didlake employees recently earned master’s degrees in their respective fields. Rehabilitation program manager Emily Gebhart, and employment specialist Kandace Jones finished coursework for their degrees at the end of the spring semester.
“It’s a rare occurrence and a source of great pride when one of our staff achieves a master’s degree. This year we have two and that makes it epic,” said John Craig, Didlake Vice President for Rehabilitation Services. “Both Emily Gebhart and Kandace Jones have worked long and hard to earn their master’s degrees. They did so on top of being full time professionals. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Gebhart earned a Master of Social Work from Catholic University in Washington. She spent four years in classes, commuting between Didlake’s Manassas office and the university campus as often as four times a week. She says she chose to pursue the degree to advance further in the human services field.
Jones earned her Master of Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University in Washington. Graduating from the two-year program helps her as a job coach with the “behind-the-scenes” details that get her clients employed, she says.
Didlake, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. It was founded in 1965 to create opportunities for people with disabilities through services that connect them to employment, education and the community. It provides contract business services for commercial and government customers and has won numerous awards for its facilities maintenance; packaging/ assembly; and administrative services. The organization operates throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the Roanoke Valley and in Greater Hampton Roads. It serves more than 1,700 people with disabilities annually. Didlake, Inc. is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, accredited by CARF and proudly serves the nation through the AbilityOne program. Its partners include the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, local Community Services Boards and United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, visit www.didlake.org.