“The best social service program in the world is a job. We’re going to make sure the people who need those jobs the most get them.”  – Louis J. King II, President and CEO

November 14, 2022 – 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.

This gift – and the confidence it shows in OIC – is more evidence that OIC’s approach is right for our times. These free accredited courses will prepare this underserved population with the skills to address the labor shortage in high demand fields across the country and connect them with employers who offer living wages in these fields.

Given the reality of our economy, OIC is well positioned to address the structural dynamics that drive inequality:

  • Labor force participation rates are projected to continue declining as Baby Boomers exit the workforce and technology demands explode.
  • As of Spring 2022, there were 11.3 million job openings and 6 million unemployed workers (Wall Street Journal, 2022)
  • More than 39 million Americans have attended some college but earned no degree (Forbes, 2022)

As the United States continues grappling with record inflation and a massive labor shortage, the Sullivan Network will build the talent pipeline end to end. OIC of America is building a model to find and train up people from the most economically insecure parts of the country to take on high demand, well-paying jobs; and this gift from MacKenzie Scott helps OIC do just that.

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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 /EINPresswire.com/ — 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.”

OICA is committed to engaging with all people in underserved communities in order to solve the labor crisis. Continuing the work of the late founder Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, the organization aims to provide employment training in more marginalized groups of people than ever before.

“As a seasoned OIC executive and an innovative visionary, we are inspired by the wealth of knowledge Louis brings to our national office,” added Talton. “I look forward to Louis working with me and the Board of Directors to implement our strategies of business partnerships, growth, and service.”

Headquartered in Philadelphia, OICA is able to provide employment training services to both rural and urban communities due to its extensive network, which currently includes 31 national affiliates across 19 states—ranging from rural communities like Monroe, La., and Rocky Mount, N.C. to major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Pa., Oklahoma City, Okla., San Antonio, Texas, and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, Minn. and St. Paul, Minn.

“OICA provides an incredible opportunity to solve the labor crisis by engaging people of all ethnic backgrounds and geographic locations,” explained King. “Whether people come from a rural community or the inner city, it’s going to take all of us to solve the labor crisis.

“OICA is uniquely positioned to provide a scalable solution by providing direct access to communities that America can’t afford to overlook any longer. Our access to forgotten communities across the nation is second to none, and this is why it’s time for us to have a seat at any table where labor is being discussed at a large scale. We have what America needs.”

King, a graduate of Morehouse College and former officer of the U.S. Army, has built strong political relationships and programs that steered Summit Academy OIC to become a $15 million career technology and education institution. Under his leadership, they have built the largest construction certification program in Minnesota, along with IT training programs needed to help meet today’s labor needs. Northside STEM District and the North Star Innovation Center in Minneapolis were founded as a result.

When many training programs closed due to pandemic restrictions, Summit Academy OIC quickly expanded online programs. The pivot allowed Summit to experience much-needed growth when many of its students were seeking to replace entertainment and hospitality jobs lost to shutdowns.

King will continue serving as CEO of Summit Academy OIC following his transition to OICA’s national office. Leroy West, Summit’s chief operating officer of 18 years, will take over as Summit Academy OIC’s president. King is committed to seeing the completion of Summit’s $12 million comprehensive campaign that will benefit North Minneapolis. King will also continue to build strategies around working with the African American Church to address crime in the city.

King’s appointment comes at a time when a confluence of events across the country calls for immediate workforce intervention. As Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers and researchers are warning of dire workforce shortages, King aims to leverage the opportunity to finally eradicate poverty in America.

“The pandemic has driven us to technology and opened the doors of opportunity,” said King. “We are seeing the same shift witnessed 100 years ago when African Americans began the great migration as the economy moved from an agrarian market to one driven by manufacturing. Thankfully for forgotten communities and people, the situation in America has shifted to the point where no one can afford to waste talent.

“OICA is one of America’s best-kept secrets, and it’s time to come out of the shadows to share the success roadmap that has helped millions of families across the country. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to finally move everybody from poverty to the middle class. And, the internet will help us reach people and places so that companies can ‘offshore at home.’

“The best social service in the world is a job,” added King. “And the more people we can get working, the more we can shift the poverty line in our country and end the sense of social and economic isolation that divides us.”

For more information about King, Summit Academy OIC, and OIC of America, Inc., visit oicofamerica.org.

Létitia A. Crippen
Sr. Manager of Communications
+1 215-236-4500 ext. 236


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.

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



Contact: Shonique Banks, Director of Partnership

Phone: (215) 236-4500 (w), (973) 803-2349(c)

Email: sbanks@oicofamerica.org

Website: www.oicofamerica.org

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Honors General Motors with the

2021 Leon H. Sullivan Social Justice Award

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


April 17, 2021

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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Our Right to Vote is Under Attack!

In our pursuit for equity and inclusion in this country, generations of Black Americans have fought and died for our right to vote.  The freedom to vote and have our voices heard in selecting our political leaders is fundamental to our way of life and represents the cornerstone of our democracy.  However, we must acknowledge that there are those amongst us who are working to undermine our democracy.

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