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Dale Rogers Center in Oklahoma City is undergoing makeover

Dale Rogers Training Center in Oklahoma City will open a new 11,000-square-foot building in September. Opened 59 years ago, the center, at 2501 N Utah, trains developmentally disabled adults to enter the work force. About 1,200 people work there.
by Matt Patterson Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm •  Published: July 28, 2012

The Dale Rogers Training Center is undergoing a makeover, with several buildings being renovated and a new one being built.

Construction on a new 11,000-square-foot building is expected to be finished in mid-September. That building will house the center's workforce skills training program.

Opened 59 years ago, the center, at 2501 N Utah, trains developmentally disabled adults to enter the work force. About 1,200 people work there.

The center owns and operates several businesses that program participants run.

The new building will allow its Wyman Framing Co. to move to the main campus from an off-site location.

The center also operates Prairie Spices, which sells spice gift sets, and Prism Place, a trophy manufacturing company.

“We wanted to relocate the framing business to our main campus so we could have more people participate in it,” spokeswoman Deborah Copeland said.

“It will also provide some space for other programs. The goal is to move to more of a campus style. We'll be adding additional signage. We like to think of it as an extreme makeover.”

Copeland said a building on the west side of Utah will be renovated.

An exhibit that chronicles the life of Robin Rogers will also be opened. Robin Rogers was the daughter of Dale and Roy Rogers. She had Down syndrome and died shortly before her second birthday. Dale Rogers later wrote a book about her short life. The couple remained active in causes for developmentally disabled children and adults until their deaths.

A building on the east side of the center will get an exterior renovation and a new parking lot. That facility houses the employment services program.

“We believe all of these changes will help to make the center a better place as we head toward our 60th anniversary,” Copeland said.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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