Invested in our Communities

DRN & ReadiTech are building a strong future by investing in our communities. Is your business involved in the communities it serves? Being involved in the community is a great way for any organization to build relationships and boost brand awareness. DRN and ReadiTech recognize the importance of being involved in and focused on the betterment of its communities. Since the cooperative was formed in 1950, community involvement has always been important. As a cooperative, our members are the community. Community involvement or our corporate social responsibility efforts range from donating money to nonprofits to implementing environmentally-friendly policies in the workplace.  Here are some ways that we give back: Civic & Commerce Medical Fire Departments & First Responders Parks & Rec Schools & Youth Activities Veteran Organizations Community Stores & Cafés Domestic Shelters Community Beautification and more! We also have employees who volunteer their time as coaches, city officials, fireman, first responders, youth advisors, and more. A couple of the highlights of employee led fundraisers: In 2016, DRN employees lead a fundraiser to raise $20,000 to provide a service dog for a North Dakota Veteran through Service Dogs For America. Every month employees deliver meals on wheels to senior citizens and this past Christmas employees made tie blankets to deliver to the meals on wheels clients. DRN and ReadiTech are proud to give back to the communities, members and clients that they serve. If you have a nonprofit organization that is looking for help with a project, submit a request letter of to marketing@drtel.com. “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller...

STEM Education and why it’s important to ReadiTech

What is the next big thing in education? Could it possibly be STEM education? I think so. STEM is a program that blends four subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – into a seamless program that helps prepare students to be competitive in a growing, global workforce. DRN ReadiTech is dedicated to bringing excitement and increased knowledge to area students in the areas of STEM. This is one of the main reasons we started our tech camp in 2017. Our team of technology experts enjoy sharing the opportunities there are to work in a STEM career, specifically technology, even in rural areas. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a STEM career and have demonstrated a proficiency in mathematics. DRN ReadiTech would like to keep students interested in STEM careers by exposing them to the all the different ones available. As the demand for the next technology development continues to grow so will jobs in STEM. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. In 2015, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in the United States, and that number is growing every year. In fact, STEM job growth in the past 10 years is three times that of any other field, but by 2018 it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. These statistics show that it is important that we keep students interested in STEM careers. Is a STEM career right for...