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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Job Title: Fiscal Coordinator Supervisor: Controller Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits Package FSLA Status: Exempt,Full-time Regular Location: Philadelphia, PA Organization Summary: OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization and the national office of a network of 34 workforce development organizations spread across the United States. Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity. We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities. Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid in creating a more just and equitable society. OICA provides job […]
OIC of America Job Title: Director of Partnerships Supervisor: Senior Director of Operations and Strategy Salary: $57,000 – $65,000 + Competitive Benefits Package FSLA Status: Exempt, Full-time Regular Location: Philadelphia, PA ORGANIZATION SUMMARY: OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization, and the national office of a network of 34 workforce development organizations spread across the United States. Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity. We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities. Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid in creating a more just and equitable society. OICA provides job and […]
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2018 OIC of America Affiliates from Around the Country Convene in Philadelphia for Three-Day Reunion October 15th – 17th Celebrating the Legacy of OIC Founder, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan