It All Started When....
Back in the 1960s, a group of parents with children with disabilities joined together and started a school for their children called the Hi-Point Day School (later named Ludlow Center, after a contest held in the community). As these children grew into adults, some went to work in the community, but not all. These families and community members banded together and created a sheltered workshop overseen by a nonprofit board called Ross Training Center, named after one of the founding sets of parents, Bernard & Grace Ross. Ross Training Center’s name was changed to RTC Industries in 1992.
RTC has continued to grow since its inception and began offering opportunities for those at the Industries to become employed in our community. This gave birth to the Employment Services division of RTC which now operates out of our office building at 334 E. Columbus Ave. in Bellefontaine. In the 1990s RTC began assisting individuals with all types of disabilities find permanent employment in the community as a service provider for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. RTC began offering transportation to those working in the community through our Community Employment Transportation in 2008.
RTC started a new day program called Pos+Abilities in 2009 as an alternative to the Industries. This program is located at the RTC Employment Services building and focuses on increasing skills and independence. In conjunction with this program, Instant Replay, a used sporting goods store, opened in 2010. This store is used for customer service and cash register training.
In 2014, RTC was approached about operating Logan County's Public Transportation, TLC. RTC’s Public Transportation is available for anyone in Logan County and operates Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.
RTC was presented with a unique opportunity to add an already established art program to its menu of day programs. The Studio: RTC’s Art Connection launched at Union Station, a local community center, in April 2016. This program focuses on fine arts, pottery, and weaving and provides attendees with regular interaction with community members.