Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed.

Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed.

Former Executive Director, 1981-2019

The growth and success of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is unparalleled in Oklahoma. The unique and innovative $18 million nonprofit agency is comprised of businesses, work projects and programs that provide training, in-house businesses and community jobs to approximately 1,000 teens and adults with disabilities each year.

Dale Rogers Training Center is the largest facility of its kind in the Southwest. The agency began in 1953 and operates in multiple locations across Oklahoma. Its programs and work projects have grown beyond the traditional and also include: the Special Needs Programfederal contracts in food and custodial services and unique business lines like Dale Rogers Awards, Dale Rogers Framing & Supplies, and a gift shop. The result is approximately 1,000 individuals and their families benefit as the people with disabilities earn close to $5.5 million a year in wages. Each year DRTC’s Employment Services Program places more than 160 people with disabilities in community jobs.

For more than 30 years the driving force behind these amazing accomplishments has been Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed. Having taught and lectured in New York and Australia, McGoodwin also ran a smaller but similar agency in Dallas, Texas. “Who knew,” says McGoodwin.  “I’m a Speech Pathology major with a Master’s degree in Education; I never thought I’d be developing and overseeing services, products and businesses.” McGoodwin gives her talented management team at DRTC a lot of the credit.

An Oklahoma State University and a Texas Women’s University graduate, Connie’s credentials, awards, recognitions and community services would fill a few pages. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma, some of her key recognitions and awards include:

  • 2017 Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber Hall of Honor inductee
  • A 30 year achievement award from the Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities
  • Journal Record Woman of the Year – Circle of Excellence (three-time nominee)
  • NISH Rising Star Award, South Central Region
  • Executive of the Year – Sales and  Marketing Executives Association
  • MAPs Oversight Committee – 10 Years
  • Women in Communications Byliner Award
  • Oklahoma Association of Workshops/ Group Homes Past President
  • Workforce Oklahoma Oversight Committee
  • Civitan International, Board of Directors & Regional Governor

Read Connie’s resignation letter to DRTC’s Board of Directors

Read Connie’s last “From the Director” article published September 2019

Dedicated to

Connie Thrash McGoodwin, M.Ed.

Executive Director 1981-2019

*A $200,000 Matching Fund has been allocated for your contribution to our pre-campaign building fund.

Special Commemorative Edition

Embrace the difference, honor the legacy, look to the future

DRTC serves almost 1,000 teens and adults with disabilities a year on this campus and in our multiple locations across central Oklahoma. Just as important as being on the cutting edge of our field is honoring our wonderful legacy.

“This special edition publication allows us to share our amazing history, legacy, programs, innovations, and national recognitions with the community and the state of Oklahoma.”

– Allen Brown, DRTC Board of Directors President

Success Stories

Derek

Cashier – Work Projects

Emily

Special Needs Program

Lindsey

Vocational Services, Mobile Workforce

Jacklyn

Sacker – Employment Services

Craig

Transition, Camp Tumbleweed

The Road Less Traveled

How this nonprofit became entrepreneurial