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CADI: Seeking Dynamic Educators for Immediate Hire

CADI (Career and Academic Development Institute) is seeking dynamic, focused and accomplished educators for immediate hire. Please submit your resume for consideration. Positions include: – Special Education Coordinator – Math Teacher – Science Teacher – Computer Teacher Contact Dr. Pamela Thomas, Principal at pthomas@oicofamerica.org to submit your resume today!

OICA staff attend the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition Housing Resources Showcase

by Letitia Crippen, Program Manager “Housing continues to be a critical barrier that is difficult to address in for the average American, and even more challenging for those with a blemish on their background.” Because of rising costs due to gentrification in traditionally low income cities, and unfair housing practices, housing must be a priority to effectively reduce recidivism. OICA will continue to engage with the Philadelphia RC stakeholders to explore ways to better support our participants, not only in Philadelphia, but to share effective strategies with our network of affiliates.” In February, the OICA program staff attended the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s 2019 Winter Stakeholder Meeting at the Office of the District Attorney in Philadelphia.  The meeting was filled with 11 agencies sharing housing resources and ways to address homelessness for […]

OIC DC Affiliate Visit by OICA and JobTrain OIC Leaders and Hope Sullivan during the “National Skills Summit” in DC

National Skills Coalition’s annual fly-in event was open to skills advocates from across the country. The event included two days of federal skills policy updates from experts in the field, a rundown of the Skills for Good Jobs Agenda, a menu of policy recommendations developed by workforce practitioners on the ground, and culminated in the year’s largest advocacy day ever for skills policy on Capitol Hill. For more information about the summit visit https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/resources/events/2019-skills-summit

OIC To Help Establish Employee Pipeline To Area Businesses

For Immediate Release: January 21,2019 Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC) has opened in Coatesville and has a mission to train the unemployed and underemployed into long-term employment opportunities. Started by Rev. Leon Sullivan over 55 years ago, to meet the employment needs of disadvantaged individuals, CC-OIC offers workforce training and case management services for everyone, including young adults and adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

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OICA Explores National Reentry Collaboration

In January, Jason Whyte, Senior Director of Operations and Strategy, visited the Latino Coalition of Community Leadership (LCCL) to learn about the work they are doing to help returning citizens successfully transition back into their communities.  Both national organizations are contracted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide employment-related trainings and supportive services to returning citizens, through the Employment and Training Association (ETA) department’s Reentry Employment Opportunity (REO). After numerous meetings between Whyte and Richard Morales, Deputy Executive Director (LCCL), over the three-day visit, both organizations discovered that they function with very similar philosophies.  Both organizations employ evidence-based and informed practices with a sober understanding that local adaptation is necessary; no one model is fully transferable to all communities. The […]

Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC featured on “Think Tank” CBS affiliate podcast

Recently, our very own Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC was a guest on a CBS affiliate podcast in Minneapolis, MN. discussing Summit’s efforts to get low income people and people of color into STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) jobs.  This conversation resulted from Summit’s success with its first IT class where 17 of 19 graduates got jobs paying $17.00/hr. after also having a Paid Internships at $12.50/hr. Summit’s next venture is to offer STEM exposure to kids as young as pre-school.  STEM starts to help kids at any age develop effective problem-solving techniques and helps set them on a path of lifelong learning and an appreciation for math and science. They also have plans for a Gaming League […]

From Incarceration to Employment

AMTC & Associates News – January/February Amir Williams describes himself as “deep in the streets” from a very young age. He spent his teenage years at a school for at-risk youth, which the courts required him to attend. At age 19, he was arrested for armed robbery and spent more than a year in state prison. Upon release, he struggled to abide by probation requirements and was again incarcerated.   Then an experience in the summer of 2018 changed his life forever: his probation officer referred him to a reentry program through Philadelphia OIC, an affiliate of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA). Individuals who have been incarcerated are finding hope and stability through OICA, an organization headquartered in […]

Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

Digital First Media, Nov 19, 2018 COATESVILLE — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $300,000 to representatives of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center. The funds, made available through a community development block grant, have been used to purchase a new primary office location for Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center in the City of Coatesville. “It is great to be back home!” said Joyce Chester, Chester County OIC president and CEO. “The City of Coatesville is where Chester County OIC began nearly 40 years ago,” she said. “The opportunity to come back into the City from West Chester was the perfect move for us, and it is the first time that we will own […]

Affiliate Spotlight: OIC Tri-County BookyMobile on the Move

History of the BookyMobile Submitted by:  Jeffrey C. Woodyard, Executive Director of Tri-County OIC In 2008, Tri-County OIC created the OIC BookyMobile – a travelling bookmobile for kids and adults. The idea of the BookyMobile started when the OIC executive director realized that many low-income children and their parents did not have access to enough books at home. Schools were struggling to provide books to students and access to libraries was limited to those who lacked transportation and resources.

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