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Patricia L. , MBA Vocational Consultant Highcove Consulting Lutherville, MD h ile the U.S. job market seems to reflect some of the lowest unemployment rates in years, there are still people struggling to find work that not only pays the bills but is also enjoyable and fulfilling. Add in some of the challenges associated with having a functional or health- related disability, and the quest for gainful employment can be a daunting task, to say the least. As a vocational rehabilitation specialist with more than 20 years of experience, Patricia L. Highcove helps clients with an array of disabilities return to work in positions that allow them to utilize their full range of skills. An efficient leader whose expertise includes training, workers’ compensation, case management, resume preparation and several other employment-related areas, she provides career assessment and counseling services throughout the Washington metropolitan area. As a consultant and vocational case manager, Ms. Highcove conducts job preparedness training and needs-based assessments to determine the best fit for her clients. By surveying the labor market and aligning individual goals with available opportunities, she ensures that clients are able to return to work after an injury and enjoy a good quality PRO-FILES MAGAZINE of life. In addition to managing workers’ compensation and long-term disability cases, she reviews and develops business plans and coordinates with IT teams to address hardware and software needs for startup companies. Whether facilitating change to help someone jumpstart their career or transition into a new one, Patricia finds it extremely rewarding to work with people in achieving their goals. Described by those who know her best as forthright, honest and down to earth, Ms. Highcove has accomplished much during her career, and yet, she remains humble and committed to doing even more as the years go on. The recipient of a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services and a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling from Syracuse University, she earned additional certifications in case management, rehabilitation counseling and vocational evaluations to complement her undergraduate and graduate education. She also serves as a board member and former president of the Chesapeake Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector and on the board of Kids’ Chance of Maryland, which provides scholarships to the children of injured workers. For more nformation about her background and current work, visit . 202