First Class of EmployAbility Academy Recognized
With the anticipated phase-out of subminimum wages on the horizon, DRTC (Dale Rogers Training Center) recently highlighted the accomplishments of its first class to complete the new EmployAbility Academy. The agency recognized 28 job seekers currently employed at DRTC, a nonprofit agency that leads a more disability-inclusive workplace and community, during a ceremony on December 13.
“The EmployAbility Academy is designed as an educational outreach for people with disabilities and their families to support their transition to competitive employment,” said DRTC Executive Director Deborah Copeland, M.Ed.
A United Way of Central Oklahoma donor-directed grant established The EmployAbility Academy, which is being considered as a model in neighboring states. Participants advance through each self-paced module, which include navigating the challenges of employment, self-advocacy, and more. A Competitive Integrated Employment Case Manager provides individualized instruction and group support.
In addition to becoming better prepared for community employment, participants completing the pilot program courses received a stipend for their dedication to re-imagining their future in employment.