Branding your business

Dale Rogers Training Center, Inc. (DRTC) recently opened its doors for state agencies and businesses around the metro to learn more about branding items through Prism Place, a division of DRTC, which provides training and jobs for people with disabilities.

Some of the nation’s top promotional items suppliers setup various displays at the nonprofit’s main campus for the Dale Rogers Training Center Round-Up, showing attendees the newest items. Many left with new ideas to help advance their agency’s/company’s brand.

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Prism Place places orders through suppliers, who then ship the items to DRTC. The “Swag Team,” comprised of people with disabilities, performs a rigorous quality check on every item, which is not the industry norm; typically, promotional items are “drop shipped” to the customer where errors with the order may be discovered. DRTC’s Swag Team catches these issues before the customer receives the order and works to fix any errors that may arise.

Kathy, Shon and Waneta, members of the Swag Team, explained to attendees why they would reject various items, from incomplete logo, to non-functioning zippers, to missing components and more.

Visitors also toured parts of the nonprofit agency, learning more about awards and trophies, also through Prism Place, as well as picture framing division Wyman Frame, and Robin’s Corner Gift Shop, featuring items packaged/assembled by people with disabilities.

Dale Rogers Training Center, and its divisions, are open Monday-Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm. To schedule a tour, please email pr@drtc.org.

About DRTC: 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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Valuing recognition

When was the last time you either:

  1. Honored an employee for exemplary work

or b) received an award for outstanding performance?

If it’s been awhile, chances are you have staff feeling underappreciated.

Mike stands in the Prism Place showroom with several acrylic awards.
Mike works in Prism Place and also cleans awards in the showroom.

In a study published in the Harvard Business Review, when a company has an established employee recognition program, 87% of workers feel they have a strong relationship with their direct manager, compared to just 54% of employees who identify their workplace as having a weak recognition program.

There’s also a correlation between recognizing excellence in the workplace and employee happiness. According to a 2015 study (also published in the Harvard Business Review), 70% of employees who say they’ve been praised for their work report being happy in their job. On the flip side, only 39% say they’re happy when not receiving recognition. Not surprisingly, the time since last being recognized also plays a factor in employee satisfaction; the more time has passed, the less satisfied the employee.

Prism Place’s employee recognition products can help your company boost morale, increase productivity and reduce turnover rates.

The Awards and Trophies division of Dale Rogers Training Center, which provides training and jobs for people with disabilities, is one of two companies in the nation that sands, buffs and polishes acrylic awards by hand. The end result is a beautiful, custom award worthy of your employees’ hard work and dedication.

Prism Place has many standard acrylic awards to choose from, each customizable with your company’s logo and branding. We also have the ability to print color and even texture onto our acrylic awards for a unique award. If you’re looking for something that will really impress your workers, our experienced crew can design a unique award worthy of their accomplishment.

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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.

About Prism Place

Founded in 1983, Prism Place was DRTC’s first entrepreneurial division. The Awards, Trophies and Promotional Items of the nonprofit agency advances DRTC’s mission of providing jobs for people with disabilities who hand sand, buff and polish acrylic awards, assemble trophies and quality control check promo items. Learn more at: PrismPlace.org.

New Civitan club officially chartered

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is raising awareness of persons with disabilities by sponsoring a new civic club open to people of all abilities.

Happy Trails Civitan Charter members
Happy Trails Civitan Club Charter members

The Happy Trails Civitan Club, sponsored by DRTC, adds a new dimension to the social and civic portions in the lives of people with disabilities. These individuals are finding more work in the community and may or may not be living with their families any more.

“We are looking at the whole person,” says Michael T. Jones, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at DRTC. “We love this opportunity for people with disabilities to have a safe place to be able to give back to the community that has supported them.”

Civitan International President Duane Capps addresses the Civitans
Civitan International President Duane Capps

Civitan International President Duane Capps made it official with a pinning ceremony at Wyman Frame – a division of DRTC. President Capps and other Civitan leaders, comprised of the Heartland and Great Southwest Districts, attended the ceremony as part of their regional meetings in Oklahoma City.

Agency staff lead tours throughout parts of the campus, highlighting the abilities of those it serves and showing how we all live life side by side. Attendees took part in interactive demonstrations from Prism Place (DRTC’s awards, trophies and promotional items division), Wyman Frame (picture frames) and subcontracting projects.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Happy Trails Civitan Club membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Regular meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm at Wyman Frame (2502 N. Utah Ave. in OKC).

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.