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.


    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.








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

Tune in to the Wall Street Journal’s “Community Conversations: The Impact of Re-Entry Programs” with OIC of America’s very own Lètitia A. Crippen

Tune in to the Wall Street Journal’s “Community Conversations: The Impact of Re-Entry Programs” with OIC of America’s very own Lètitia A. Crippen

Re-entry programs across the country are helping people re-enter the workplace amid new challenges with Covid-19 and a tightened job market. Join Lètitia A. Crippen, Senior Program Manager for OIC of America, Caitlin Dawkins, Program Manager at FHI 360 National Institute for Work and Learning and Kerri Pruitt, Executive Director at The Dannon Project, as they discuss working with formerly incarcerated people to start new lives and the roles of communities and employers in that journey.

#reentry#philadelphia#oicofamerica#COVID19 To view this discussion on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 1:00 pm EST. Please use this event link:

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Department of Labor funds OIC of America to serve 5000 returning citizens by 2023,  with 2000 served in Pennsylvania

Department of Labor funds OIC of America to serve 5000 returning citizens by 2023, with 2000 served in Pennsylvania



July 10, 2020

Philadelphia, PA.  – The National Headquarters of ‘Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA) of Philadelphia, PA.  For more than 55 years, OIC of America and its 31 affiliates in 21 states continue to offer proven programs and strategies that address the overlapping inequities and systemic disinvestment in communities of color. This investment by the US Department of Labor allows us to serve more people and prepare them for meaningful employment and a pathway to a career while providing additional supports that assist them with becoming contributing members of this society. Through this current opportunity, the OICA network will serve more than 2,000 participants who are currently or formerly involved in the criminal justice system in the following locations:

  • MN – North and South Minneapolis
  • FL – Broward and Miami-Dade Counties
  • PA – Philadelphia, Harrisburg, & Norristown
  • NC – Greater Rocky Mount 

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Happy JUNETEENTH from OIC of America

Happy JUNETEENTH from OIC of America

History of JUNETEENTH –

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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  • 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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