Transitioning to Success

DRTC's Student Program Puts Students on Path to Employment

Monday, June 1, 2015 8:00 am

by James Helm

(OKLAHOMA CITY)– Papa Murphy’s was a bright spot for our Transitions Program this school year!

Students pack DRTC's Papa Murphy's ready to learn!

Students pack DRTC’s Papa Murphy’s ready to learn!

About 50 students from Oklahoma City and Moore participated in job site training with Dale Rogers Training Center’s newest division. Students went through a mock new employee orientation—similar to what a Papa Murphy’s employee could experience.

Then they learned skills relating to the job: food handling sanitation (properly washing hands, putting on gloves and replacing gloves), weighing & cutting dough, making dough balls, shredding cheese, prepping all items needed for the day and making pizzas & salads. Students also learned valuable, and transferable, customer service skills.

Transition Program student ringing up an order

Transition Program student ringing up an order

We had even a student able to work the cashier register and take orders and complete the order with the money with no assistance.

The program was a big success! Several schools called the Transition Coordinator and said the students came back excited and talking about all the “cool” things they did at DRTC/Papa Murphy’s.

Transition Program members pose in the photo booth

Photo booth fun!

In May, our Transitions program recognized this year’s class for all their hard work!

Pix 2 Treasurers provided a photo booth for students and their families to take fun pictures, and students made cotton candy for the event.

Our Transition Coordinator compiled a highlight video of all the places and things students did over the year—from learning city bus routes, to trips to DRTC’s Papa Murphy’s, OSU-OKC and more.

Each student received an “Excellent Job Performance Award” made at Prism Place and was recognized for her/his outstanding work during the 2014-2015 school year.

Transition Program Awards Transition Program Awards Transition Program Awards

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: