The Philadelphia Tribune Kimberly C. Roberts, Oct 23, 2012
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(This original story from the Philadelphia Tribune is posted here in part to show the background of the 2019 ALL NEW CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM featuring Gerald Alston.)
Gerald Alston, revered lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning R&B group the Manhattans, will be the first entertainer to volunteer his time to the brand new “OICA Celebrity Ambassador Program” sponsored by Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America.
The organization states that “the OIC philosophy of ‘Self-Help’ and the system of developing the ‘whole person’ enables individuals to become self-sufficient, productive workers. OIC prepares people for today’s workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, job skills training and employment readiness.”
Sunday, June 16, 2019
The Opportunities Industrialization Center will honor students who have successfully met the guidelines and goals of its high school equivalency and trades certifications courses and celebrate its 50th anniversary at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the former Booker T. Washington High School auditorium.
“This year’s celebration will be different from most of our graduation ceremonies,” said Charles Washington, OIC’s director of education services. “Because it is our 50th year of bringing enlightenment to generations of eager minds and willing hands, we are going all out to celebrate our students’ success. Creative presentations from students, staff and community are going to be uplifting and exciting. Our graduates are enthused and our families are proud. This one is not to be missed.”
“[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.”
“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.”
“What a wonderful place with wonderful people that truly and genuinely want to help you!”
“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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