Cleaning for a cause

Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) nationally recognized custodial work projects locations look for another sparkling review in an upcoming Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification.

An auditor with CIMS is scheduled to review DRTC’s procedures this year. The nonprofit agency picked up a two-year accreditation, with honors, from CIMS in 2014, positioning itself among the best cleaning organizations in the nation.

A cleaning crew at DRTC's TAFB work project pose for a picture.
DRTC’s Tinker Work Project Custodial crew members.

The inspector will examine six areas of DRTC’s cleaning operations at its federal contracts, including Tinker Air Force Base:

  • Quality systems
  • Service delivery
  • Human Resources
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Management Commitment
  • Green building*

*Optional, though DRTC participates in the Green Building category as part of the agency’s commitment to green sustainability.

The auditor will review DRTC’s written policies, training records, tour the facilities cleaned and interview employees for their comprehension of our plans, policies and programs during the process.

An employee cleans a breakroom at DRTC's Tinker Work Project.
An employee cleans at DRTC’s Tinker Work Project.

“It is vital to our organization to remain a leader in the industry,” said Carolyn Thompson, DRTC Director of Custodial Services.

Not only does the certification require development of policy and procedures, but it also mandates a continuum of review, growth and documentation.

Upon completion of the audit, DRTC expects to have official results within a month after the review.

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.

DRTC is in your corner

Individuals in DRTC's programs smile at the 2015 United Way Campaign Kickoff
A group of individuals in DRTC’s programs attended the 2015 United Way Campaign Kickoff.

Individuals in Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) programs are active advocates for the agency. Whether it is by attending United Way Campaign Kick Off events, going to the Capitol for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, or just by spreading the word about the work being done at the agency, what better spokespeople to have than these!

There are plenty of opportunities to be advocates—when out on field trips with Camp Tumbleweed, at volunteer sites with Mobile Workforce, visiting work site locations with Transitions and beyond!

Chris holds a certificate of recognition making him an Honorary Public Relations Representative.
Chris became an Honorary Public Relations Representative for his efforts during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day.

One outstanding advocate is Chris—who participates in DRTC’s Mobile Workforce. Chris was an outspoken supporter of DRTC at this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, speaking with Oklahoma’s lawmakers about the importance of DRTC. He even invited them to come take a tour of our campus! He did such an amazing job, we made him an Honorary Public Relations Representative!

It’s easy being an advocate:

DRTC’s presence at various events and in the public in general sends a strong message to those in the community: We’re Oklahomans. We work. We contribute. We give back.

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

What to expect when custom picture framing

Welcome to a new feature: Carla’s Corner.

Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer with the frame and mat board selection process at Wyman Frame.
Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, right, assists a customer at Wyman Frame.

Hello! I’m Carla and I work at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). I have been a Certified Picture Framer since 1983 and have framed for DRTC for two years.

We offer two basic types of framing: Fast Frames where you begin your framing experience based on price or Custom Framing where you begin your framing experience based on best final framing outcomes.

Having something custom framed can seem intimidating but it really is not. There are a few things to have in mind when arriving at the showroom studio that will make the process go smoother. Relax. It will be fun.

  • Give your framer a little information about the item to be framed. Ask questions.
  • Be open to ideas but don’t be afraid to let your framer know what you do or don’t like.
  • Entertain new ideas that maybe you wouldn’t have thought of.
  • Pick something you will enjoy living with daily and for a long time.
  • Relax and have fun. Be creative!

Shop for a Cause!  When you purchase from Wyman Frame you are also providing people with disabilities work opportunities; it’s a win-win for all!

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