As the president and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, Inc. (OIC) James Haynes is focused on re-energizing the historic workforce development organization. Founded in 1964 by the Rev. Leon Sullivan, OIC was created to address the lack of education and job training programs available to minorities in Philadelphia so they may prepare themselves and become part of a highly skilled workforce. Today, the national organization has 34 affiliates in 22 states. Haynes, a retired Johnson & Johnson executive and United States Army veteran, has been leading the nonprofit entity since October 2016. He has been affiliated with the organization for more than 20 years, having previously served as a member at-large and first vice chair of the board. […]
We offer the below message which was authored by Brandon Wilson and Scott Rodgers from our affiliate in Asheville, North Carolina: Memorial Day Thoughts This Memorial Day, we thank God for all who served, who sacrificed, who stood a post. They are the 2 percenters! Not because of wealth, power, or fame; but, because they took an oath and defended our freedoms. These brave men and women only represent 2% of the country but defend 100% of our freedoms, our culture, our politic, and our families. Being a Veteran is not a one way street of all dedication and sacrifice. It is a two way street with the Military’s investment in each Veteran of skills, responsibility, duty, and the intrinsic value of being […]
OIC mourns the loss but celebrates the life of Mr. Howard C.R. Jones, the long-time former President of OIC of Wilson, NC. Howard Jones lived his life by a certain creed and championed others to do the same. For decades, Jones worked tirelessly to bring hope to others by placing them in programs at the OIC of Wilson, which he founded in 1972. Jones passed away on Nov. 27, 2017, at the age of 84. He was truly the embodiment of the OIC motto, “helping people help themselves.”
In 2016 and 2017, OIC of America was awarded $4.5M by the U.S. Department of Labor to administer a re-enty grant through its affiliates. Today, a select group of OIC affiliates are executing a national initiative named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility) to reduce recidivism as a response to mass incarceration in the U.S. SOAR was developed to assist communities in implementing a comprehensive “reentry” program to address the full range of challenges in helping formerly incarcerated young adults make a successful transition back into their communities. This program takes a surgical approach to addressing challenges using the evidence based model IRES (Integrated Re-enty and Employment Strategies) to place participants on a sustainable career path, while working […]
After over 50 years of servicing the community to help people have a fresh start and build a sustainable life, OIC of America now embarks on its fresh new look.
OIC of America continues to strengthen its commitment to serving the community by expanding its team. Join us in welcoming our newest staff members to the OIC Family!