DRTC Installs 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Recognizes Former Executive Director

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), Oklahoma’s highly disability inclusive employer, installed its Program Year 2022 Board of Directors in a recent meeting. Ten members swore in to make key decisions for the agency as it continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an essential workforce for the Oklahoma City metro.

The following people will join DRTC’s Board of Directors for 2021-2022:

  • Frank Stone, President
  • Helen Stakem, 1st Vice President
  • Bradley Wallace, 2nd Vice President
  • Andrea Nguyen, Secretary
  • Cheryl Moore, Treasurer
  • Kevin Clifton
  • Eric Shannon
  • Kristi Wilson
  • Brian Smith
  • Angela Ables

In addition to the Board installation, the agency recognized former Board member Allen Brown’s 20 years of service to the Board, and presented a commemorative display in honor of former DRTC Executive Director Connie Thrash McGoodwin’s nearly 40 years with the agency. “The agency will be recognizing Connie’s lasting legacy at DRTC,” comments Deborah Copeland, M.Ed., Executive Director. Copeland was named DRTC’s Executive Director in January 2020, leading the agency since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, DRTC has provided employees in critical infrastructure such as custodial and food service at its federal contract locations (Tinker Air Force Base, FAA, and federal buildings in downtown OKC), as well as in the community via its Employment Services Program, which receives funding through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

DRTC’s main campus programs and business divisions continue providing meaningful work experience for people with disabilities through a variety of subcontracting jobs, as well as manufacturing of awards, trophies, picture frames, screen printed apparel and more.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, is Oklahoma’s leading community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs approximately 1,000 people with disabilities per year. The private agency promotes diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities within our Oklahoma workforce and communities. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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Volunteering for fun!

Dale Rogers Training Center’s (DRTC) Camp Tumbleweed is winding down, but not without some more fun courtesy of Bishop McGuinness High School’s Social Justice course. Students took a tour of DRTC, learning about our history and what we do at the agency, and then volunteered at Camp T.

BMHS seniors and Camp T campers had a great time playing games!  Thank you for volunteering!

Learn more about exciting volunteer opportunities at 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.

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