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.








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"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

Mourning a legendary leader

Mourning a legendary leader

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.”

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OIC of America awarded an additional $4.5M to continue National Re-entry Program

OIC of America awarded an additional $4.5M to continue National Re-entry Program

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 to prevent future involvements with the justice system. 


Over the next three years, OIC of America will implement SOAR at its local affiliates located in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA, Clark County, OH, and Wilson, NC. Currently, OIC of America is executing the SOAR program at two of its affiliates in Minneapolis, MN and one in Miami, FL..



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OIC of America launches new brand identity

OIC of America launches new brand identity

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.

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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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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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