Civitan International returning to Oklahoma City

Update 2/1/2017: The public is welcome to attend Happy Trails Civitan Club meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. “Like” the Happy Trails Civitan Club on Facebook!


Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), a nonprofit based in Oklahoma City that provides training and employment for people with disabilities, will serve as the host site of a new chapter of Civitan International.

civitan-internationalCivitan International, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

DRTC Executive Director Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed., who was the first woman elected as governor of the Oklahoma/Kansas district of Civitan International, is glad the club is returning to Oklahoma City.

“When Frank Kelley (Governor of the Heartland Civitan District) first reached out to me, I felt that helping start a new club concept that welcomes people with disabilities met a need in the community.” Thrash McGoodwin said.

People with and without disabilities can take part in club activities, which could range from collecting items for food pantries or homeless shelters, to volunteering at area retirement homes and beyond. Civitan is looking for energetic leaders who want to give back to their communities and have fun doing it.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Officer positions are available with the new club. Only $25 initiation fee and annual dues apply.

You’re invited to the first Civitan International meeting in OKC, set to charter in March 2017.

Wyman Frame – a division of Dale Rogers Training Center

2502 N. Utah Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Michael Jones

pr@drtc.org

405-946-4489 x1431

About Civitan International

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917, Civitan now has active service clubs in 48 countries around the world. Members conduct service projects and volunteer in their community. For more information, please visit www.civitan.org, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.

 About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Reaching employment goals

Anxious job seekers review their notes, looking for any bits of information that will help them for their next big test: an interview.

It’s the culmination of a week-long Vocational Preparation Class administered through Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) Employment Services Program, which helps people with disabilities find jobs in the community. The class is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (OKDRS) Milestone Program.

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Elora, right, with ETS Thomasena

“I’m willing to work, get the job done and gain experience from their company,” said Elora, Employment Services Program participant, who hopes to find work as an administrative assistant in the medical field.

All week long, Elora and three other job seekers have been hard at work in hopes of soon finding steady employment. They’ve been covering several topics, including work values, networking, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation.

Each job seeker typically works with his/her own Employment Training Specialist (ETS), but today the interviewer is a different ETS creating an authentic interview experience.

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Jessica, right, with ETS Traci

One-by-one, each program participant completes the interview, with the rest of the class observing. They discuss the strengths as well as provide constructive criticism on what to improve for a real interview, like turning a weakness into a positive.

“Each of them did well,” said Cathy Hirsh, DRTC Job Developer.  “(They) took away knowledge they will be able to use in order to become employed and remain employed.”

The participants also felt the mock interviews were beneficial.

“If they train me, I feel like I can do it,” said Jerry, who is looking for a receptionist job.

Prentesha, used the class to improve her interviewing skills. She wants a cleaning job.

“I am a hard worker and the job will get done,” Prentesha said.

Jessica has worked as an office assistant and wants to be an administrative assistant.

“I take responsibility for my work,” she said.

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Participants received certificates for finishing the course.

In the end, participants received certificates for completing the 15-hour long course, which helped them set short and long-term work goals. Hirsh and the Employment Services Program team are already making plans to hold a similar class early February 2017.

“If someone does not have a job opening right now they might know someone who does,” Hirsh said. “Networking with businesses, customers, acquaintances is vital for our client’s success.”

If you or your business are interested in hiring people with disabilities through DRTC’s Employment Services Program, email supportedemployment@drtc.org or call 405-946-4489 x1708.

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Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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2016 in review

We worked, volunteered, played and developed lifelong friendships in 2016! Check out some of what we’ve been up to this year as we prepare to ring in 2017.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.