Open for work

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), recently opened its doors for state agencies to view the capabilities for people with disabilities first hand.

DRTC, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities, holds mandatory state use contracts through its divisions Prism Place (awards & trophies) and Wyman Frame (picture frames).

Nearly 60 people from various agencies attended the event, including U.S. Congressman Steve Russell and State Representative Jason Dunnington. Attendees learned about DRTC’s mission and divisions, and toured part of the main campus based in Oklahoma City.

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Here’s what some of those who visited had to say about their experience:

“I enjoyed the event and seeing how items are produced.”

Carla is a genius! I want her to re-do every pic in my office.. and my house!”

“This was an awesome opportunity to meet face-to-face those that I deal with via phone or via email.”

DRTC’s divisions are open to the general public. Whether you’re looking for promotional items for your business, awards and trophies or picture framing, come check us out and learn how you can provide meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities.

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.

Framing the unusual

A framer’s day is usually made up of basic framing projects—a certificate, poster or photo—but the unusual projects that spark creativity keep us going.

Wedding dress

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Wedding Dress framed at Wyman Frame.

I have been framing for many years, but, until a few years ago, had never framed a wedding dress. The project came from a co-worker who didn’t care if we cut out some of the bulk. We did a sweeping-to-the-side design that gave the dress a lot of movement and made it fun.

Hang Ten

Another memorable framing project came thanks to a sport. I had been framing some photos for a surfer photographer who did work for Surfer Magazine.  He brought in a longboard surfer friend of his and they wanted to do something different. We came up with the idea of putting his “Hang Ten” toe prints on the mat around a photo of him surfing and hanging ten.

Titanic project

In the late 1990’s I had some items brought in by an elderly lady that her mother saved in the sinking of the Titanic. She had a menu, some jewelry and a book. It was very interesting hearing the story and seeing the items.

State Fair projects

Last year’s State Fair entry was a shadow box with a camera and some photos from the early 1900’s taken by an Oklahoma pioneer woman.

This year’s fair entry was a collection of rusty tools found under the big shade tree on the farm where the family member used to work on cars and other farm machinery. Both entries won First Place and Best in Show in the Creative Arts – Collections division.

Specialty Framing

Keep Wyman Frame in mind for your next framing project—whether it’s for a specialty piece or highlighting your latest accomplishment. We have the experience to produce a creative design, while also furthering Dale Rogers Training Center’s mission of providing jobs for people with disabilities. Framing for a Cause!

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1983 and has framed for DRTC for two years.

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

Dancing into Fall

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) had an unforgettable time at our annual Fall Festival, thanks to the West OKC Rotary Club.

Rotarians came out to cook and serve food, play music and setup crafts for individuals at DRTC’s main campus at 2501 N. Utah Ave.

“DRTC enjoys our long-standing partnership with the Rotary Club,” said DRTC Executive Director Connie Thrash, M.Ed. “Our folks enjoy taking a break from work just like everyone else and the Rotarians put on a great event every year.”

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.