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  • THE PROBLEM

    The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world, yet 43.1 million Americans live in poverty and 19.4 million live in "deep" poverty, which often persists across generations. Family members may remain unemployed or "stuck" in low wage jobs, lacking education and skills needed in an increasingly competitive job market.

  • THE SOLUTION

    OIC provides quality education and training services through a national network of local affiliates. We offer high quality skill development opportunities that enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society.

We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities.

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People Served/Yr

"The surging power of OIC  is the will of the people to become more than they have been, to prove to themselves and to others that they can achieve."

Rev. Leon H. Sullivan

Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

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 our own home.”

“We thank the Chester County Commissioners and the county’s Department of Community Development for making this dream come true,” she added.

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center’s vision is to be leaders in improving the lives of disadvantaged adults by creating educational and employment opportunities.

Along with ongoing programs offered by Chester County OIC, including GED, English Language Acquisition and Certified Nurse Aid, the organization’s new SOAR re-entry program — a strategy that addresses the range of challenges faced by formerly incarcerated young adults who are trying to make a successful transition back into their communities — will serve as a resource to youth ages 18-24 in Coatesville and throughout the County.

Chester County OIC’s new location is 22 N. 5th Avenue, Coatesville, PA 19320.

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Affiliate Spotlight: OIC Tri-County BookyMobile on the Move

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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TESTIMONIALS

  • Laurence Matthew

    “[South Florida OIC] truly is a blessing to the community by assisting the under-employed, unemployed, and ex-offenders population with training and job placement assistance programs.”

  • William Bright, Summit Academy OIC, MN

    “This experience gave me the confidence to return to a normal life, a normal home, and the ability to use my homelessness to empower those who struggle as I have.”

  • Adelina Rondeau, OIC of New London, New London, CT

    “What a wonderful place with wonderful people that truly and genuinely want to help you!”

  • Maria Mabanag, JobTrain, Menlo Park, CA

    “Tremendous thanks to JobTrain and its financial supporters for giving me the opportunity to graduate in Culinary Arts….God Bless to you good people at JobTrain and EDD as well!!”

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OIC is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization preparing people for today's workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, superior job skills training, and employment readiness services.

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