In recognition of Wisconsin’s Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program 30-year anniversary, the Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Bob Seitz, Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation, honored all rest area maintenance workers from around the state for their service on October 25.
Among those recognized was Opportunities, Inc. The Lt. Governor presented Opportunities, Inc. with a plaque and personally thanked its employees for their dedication.
Since 1987, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDot) has partnered with community vocational rehabilitation programs across the state to provide employment opportunities for workers with diverse abilities through the RAM program.
Opportunities, Inc.’s RAM program contracts with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin to maintain the I-94 Eastbound and Westbound public rest areas. Through the program, individuals with diverse abilities gain hands-on employment training. The program is led by a team of supervisors with backgrounds in commercial cleaning and understanding of a diverse workforce.
The training program has received numerous awards over the years including the 2015 Frugal Bugle Award for their operational achievements while managing strict adherence to Wisconsin’s RAM budget parameters and the 2013 Inspector’s Award for providing superior training and service.
Opportunities, Inc. RAM Program employees Martin Porubcan; Mike Schmidt; David Schwemmer; Cindy Bruske, Manager; and Mike Sorsa, Supervisor pictured with Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish and Bob Seitz, Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation.