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$8 Million Investment in OIC of America to Build Cutting-Edge Career Training for Poor and Justice-Involved Americans

Philadelphia-based national organization OIC of America (OICA) announced today it received a $8 million gift from the Justice and Mobility Fund to update the traditional workforce development model by providing no-cost, accredited training for America’s Black and poor people, including those who are formerly incarcerated.

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A $5 million gift to OIC of America from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will help launch the Sullivan Training Network, a national network of training programs offering accredited courses to low-income rural and inner city individuals who have been left out of this economy as a result of the decades of systemic racial economic inequality experienced by Black Americans.

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OIC of America Names Louis J. King II as New President and CEO to Help Bridge the Labor Gap in America

King Chosen To Lead OIC Of America’s Expansion, Currently Representing 31 Affiliates Across 19 States, And Responsible For Placing 2.5 Million People In Jobs.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2021 / -- For the first time in its history, OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) named one of its own, Louis J. King II, to step up as president and CEO of its national office, effective
January 4, 2022.

King will be moving to the national stage after having led one of OICA’s most successful affiliates–Summit Academy OIC in Minneapolis, MN–as president and CEO since 1995.

“We have worked diligently to identify a CEO that aligns with our mission and, more importantly, can execute on the Board’s vision,” said OIC of America’s Board Chair, James Talton. “Louis has provided exceptional leadership to Summit Academy OIC and the City of Minneapolis.”

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Portland OIC featured on CNN

The spike in violent crimes across this country has impacted many of the communities in which we serve. Our network continues to stand firm in our commitment to "helping people help themselves," and that extends into violence prevention.

According to Mapps' office, citing data from Portland's Police Bureau, between June 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, more than 1 in every 1,000 Black residents in Portland died of homicide. In response to the most recent wave of tragedy, the Portland OIC launched their Public Safety Village initiative this summer to have a "direct" and "immediate" impact on the community. The village is a group of 11 grassroots, Black-led organizations guided by individuals who have been involved or impacted by violence in the streets of Portland in the past.

Please take a look at the CNN story released on the work being done by Portland OIC to reduce violence by bringing our services to the streets.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH the CNN News report.

To learn more about Portland OIC's work to reduce violence in Multnomah County, click HERE.

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US Department of Labor awards OIC’s of America to serve justice impacted youth & veterans

OIC of America and it’s Network of Affiliates has a long and successful history of partnering with the Department of Labor to serve America’s most challenging workforce needs. During the pandemic in 2020, our network demonstrated its ability to continue to meet the needs of our program participants to make an impact. We are pleased to announce that OIC of America will expand its national program, SOAR (Skills & Opportunity for Achievement and Responsibility) into its 6th iteration increasing the total number of people served to more than 4,500 individuals impacted by the criminal justice system through the Young Adult Reentry Partnership program.

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Philadelphia OIC Offers Digital Literacy Training Programs to Prepare for the Future of Work

Comcast has long believed in the power of partnerships to increase digital access and support job training initiatives, and the last year and a half has made those resources more necessary than ever. One long-standing partner, Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), helps residents gain digital literacy skills that will be essential to thrive in a post-pandemic economy.

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Philadelphia Inquirer Highlights OICA

The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of Philadelphia's most prominent publications in the nation's 6th largest city. OIC of America is happy to announce their recognition of our efforts to impact the lives of not only Philadelphians but of citizens throughout the US.

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OIC of America Awards General Motors

Philadelphia PA: On April 23, 2021, at 1:00 pm, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) presented General Motors (GM) with the 2021 Leon H. Sullivan Social Justice Award, for being a trailblazer for social justice and the first Fortune 500 company to install a Black man on to its board, the late great Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. The virtual event was a culmination of twenty days of tributes to Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan's life and legacy.

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OIC of America to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan

It’s been 20 years since the passing of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the impact of his accomplishments is still being felt throughout Philadelphia and beyond. With that in mind, Opportunities Industrialization Center of America Inc. (OIC) will celebrate Sullivan’s impact with a “Moving Mountains” tribute April 23 at 1 p.m.

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