CADI: Seeking Dynamic Educators for Immediate Hire

CADI: Seeking Dynamic Educators for Immediate Hire

CADI (Career and Academic Development Institute) is seeking dynamic, focused and accomplished educators for immediate hire. Please submit your resume for consideration.

Positions include:

– Special Education Coordinator

– Math Teacher

– Science Teacher

– Computer Teacher

Contact Dr. Pamela Thomas, Principal at pthomas@oicofamerica.org to submit your resume today!

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OIC To Help Establish Employee Pipeline To Area Businesses

OIC To Help Establish Employee Pipeline To Area Businesses

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.

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OICA Explores National Reentry Collaboration

OICA Explores National Reentry Collaboration

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 organizations are also acutely aware that buy-in and commitment from leadership, a team of talented people, a culture of learning, and proper management of data and performance measurement, are foundational for successful reentry programming. 

Morales introduced Whyte to associates and partners of LCCL, such as Christie Donner, Executive Director of Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC); Johanna Leal, Principal Consultant with the Alliance for Criminal Justice Innovation (ACJI); Leo Alirez, Executive Director of Lifeline; and Hassan Latif, Executive Director of the Second Chance Center. Together, these players are working to slash recidivism in Denver, Colorado.  

OICA and LCCL will continue to discuss creative and innovative ways both national organizations can partner to tackle this national problem. 

Photo Caption: From Left to Right: Richard Morales, Deputy Executive Director (LCCL); Christie Donner, Executive Director (CCJRC); Jason Whyte, Senior Director of Operations and Strategy (OICA)

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Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC featured on “Think Tank” CBS affiliate podcast

Louis King, CEO of Summit Academy OIC featured on “Think Tank” CBS affiliate podcast

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 and are launching a company, “STEM NATION”, which will allow for potential replication across the country.  The podcast introduced Summit Academy OIC to a broad and diverse audience, while also connecting them to industry insiders in the Mid-west Region of the country.  The discussion is certainly worth a listen as we continue to consider how to position OIC as a leader in workforce development.  Summit’s STEM strategy seems viable regardless of the size or location of the affiliate.  “We see no Alps.”

Click link below to listen!

https://omny.fm/shows/synapse/synapse-think-tank-of-the-air-episode-25-1-4-19

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From Incarceration to Employment

From Incarceration to Employment

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 Philadelphia with 34 affiliates around the country. OICA affiliates provide educational and workforce development services to individuals in struggling communities.
 
Awarded four reentry grants by the U.S. Department of Labor, OICA coordinates programming and oversees its delivery for affiliates involved in this type of work. It is a leader in reintegrating individuals into society by fostering self-sufficiency in every facet of life: employment, family responsibilities, financial literacy and emotional stability.
 
Williams was referred to Philadelphia’s OIC’s SOAR program. He had already been in a series of reentry programs, but none had been effective. He was distrustful and detached, which again led to probation issues. The staff at Philadelphia OIC worked with him and the probation officer to form trust.
 
That summer, Williams enrolled in a housekeeping program through Philadelphia OIC’s Hospitality Training Institute. He was on time every day and earned the second-
highest grades in the class. He secured an internship that turned into a paying job, and now he is forging a better life.
 
OICA affiliates provide an array of workforce development functions and programs that are transforming lives. Success rates are high, but not all participants are ready to change their environment or summon the strength to change behavior. Yet OICA and its affiliates are not deterred; they believe everyone deserves a chance.






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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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Press Release: OIC of America Affiliates from Around the Country Convene in Philadelphia for Three-Day Reunion

Press Release: OIC of America Affiliates from Around the Country Convene in Philadelphia for Three-Day Reunion

 

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

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A Message from our President: Party with a Purpose

 

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OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: July 20, 2018
Contact: Naja Killebrew, Communications Manager
Phone: 215-236-4500 (w), 215-518-6558 (c)
Email: nkillebrew@oicofamerica.org
Website: www.oicofamerica.org

OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369
SOAR program expands from seven to eleven affiliates and program partners in seven states

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OIC of America celebrates first anniversary of its felon re-entry program

OIC of America celebrates first anniversary of its felon re-entry program

Jun 9, 2018

As an ex-offender, Kasim Ward is thankful for the opportunity to have a second chance.

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James Haynes, the president and CEO of OIC of America, speaks at press conference for the OICA Reentry Resource & Job Fair

James Haynes, the president and CEO of OIC of America, speaks at press conference for the OICA Reentry Resource & Job Fair

Jun 9, 2018

“Were in the business of changing lives and providing second chances,” said James Haynes, the president of the OICA and national board chair.

 

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Former corporate executive seeks to re-energize OIC of America, Inc.

Former corporate executive seeks to re-energize OIC of America, Inc.

As the president and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, Inc. (OIC) James Haynes is focused on re-energizing the historic workforce development organization.

Founded in 1964 by the Rev. Leon Sullivan, OIC was created to address the lack of education and job training programs available to minorities in Philadelphia so they may prepare themselves and become part of a highly skilled workforce. Today, the national organization has 34 affiliates in 22 states.

Haynes, a retired Johnson & Johnson executive and United States Army veteran, has been leading the nonprofit entity since October 2016. He has been affiliated with the organization for more than 20 years, having previously served as a member at-large and first vice chair of the board.

“The reason why I’ve been a part of this organization for so long is because I believe in what Leon Sullivan was doing,” Haynes said during an interview at OIC’s Philadelphia-based headquarters.

After taking the helm of OIC, Haynes focused on addressing the nonprofit’s financial challenges. At the time, the nonprofit faced difficulties as its federal grant funding dried up and it was forced to reduce its staff.

“This organization was pretty much close to closing its doors — not at the affiliate level, but at the national office level,” Haynes explained.

Now OIC is in the midst of experiencing a renewal.

“It’s almost like we are starting again — starting anew,” Haynes said.

Haynes seeks to strengthen the link between the national organization and its network of affiliates. He often does site visits so that he can interact with affiliate representatives.

“There is a belief that a strength in numbers is of value to us as an organization,” Haynes explained.

“We’re just trying to put a face to the national office people understand and can appreciate, that has a little different thinking on how it can be run.” he said. “While we ride on the heels of the legacy of the organization, we also believe that the population base is different and we have to change. Change is inevitable.”

Through its network of affiliates, OIC offers more than 150 programs in the areas of vocational training, work readiness, education, health care, youth development and re-entry.

The nonprofit seeks to address the problem of recidivism through its national re-entry program named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement and Responsibility). The program helps formerly incarcerated young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 successfully transition back into their communities.

“I want us to be considered as the foremost thought leader for re-entry work in terms of being able to return people back into the environment and making them more productive,” Haynes said.

“They satisfied their debts in terms of incarceration but what we also find is that there are probably 630,000 people that return back to an area where the cards are stacked against them.”

OIC received $9 million in federal grants for its affiliates to offer the program in Philadelphia; Harrisburg; Clark County, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; Newark, N.J.; and Miami.

Program participants are enrolled during a period ranging from six to 12 months depending on their educational background. They receive case management, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment and nine months of follow-up activities.

“These are people who have paid their dues and if we want to fix the crime we have to allow them to reintegrate back into society at a livable (wage),” said Letitia Crippin, OIC program coordinator. “It is critical what we are doing.”

OIC will celebrate Re-entry Month and the one-year anniversary of SOAR by hosting a re-entry job and resource fair on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, 1415 N. Broad St. The resource fair will bring more than 22 employers and service organizations together in support of the re-entry community.

The event kicks with a press conference featuring various speakers including the Rev. Wilson Goode, former mayor and president of Amachi, Inc.; Buddy Hall Sr., SOAR program manager; Charles Crumbley III, interim president & CEO, Philadelphia OIC; Mable Welborn, Sullivan Charitable Trust chair; City Council President Darrell Clarke; State Rep. Curtis Thomas; and Gerald Alston, Grammy Award-winning musician & OIC’s pioneer celebrity ambassador.

Ayana Jones Tribune Staff Writer

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Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day Tribute

We offer the below message which was authored by Brandon Wilson and Scott Rodgers

from our affiliate in Asheville, North Carolina:

 

Memorial Day Thoughts

This Memorial Day, we thank God for all who served, who sacrificed, who stood a post.  They are the 2 percenters!  Not because of wealth, power, or fame; but, because they took an oath and defended our freedoms.  These brave men and women only represent 2% of the country but defend 100% of our freedoms, our culture, our politic, and our families.

Being a Veteran is not a one way street of all dedication and sacrifice.  It is a two way street with the Military’s investment in each Veteran of skills, responsibility, duty, and the intrinsic value of being part of a larger community and/or family. That is why slogans like “once a marine, always a marine” are familiar to all of us as each branch instilled a sense of pride in being part of a community.  This two-way street, where man or woman invests in their country and their country invests in them, affirms that every person in our country has value and deserves our investment in their potential.

OIC believes in that fundamental value that “every” person has value, has potential.  We thank God for every OIC Affiliate who offers that “opportunity” to build a new skill, complete a certification or licensure, or who opens the door to the job of their dreams or a chance to climb the career ladder.  Veteran or non-veteran, OIC invests in persons to instill a sense of belonging to a culture of work, a culture of family, a culture of community. 

Our OIC Affiliates and Partners are producing outcomes where men and women provide the basic necessities and basic values for their family, provide strength for their community, and provide honor for the country.

 We salute all those Veterans who serve our country. We want all Veterans to know that OIC is appreciative of their sacrifices in protecting our fundamental freedoms and our way life and we stand with them and are prepared to invest in them to build on their skills to fill the skills gaps in our workforce so that they can fill gaps in our communities as strong leaders and family members.

 We also salute another kind of veteran, those who have years of dedicated service at OIC and those who are dedicated to serving their neighbor and building a stronger community through OIC of America. We honor all who are building stronger lives, stronger families, and stronger communities.  It’s not a slogan, its way of working and living and growing together, so we stand together with the two percenters who stand for freedom and justice.  This Memorial Day, let a Veteran know we stand with them.

James Haynes, President & CEO, OICA

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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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OIC of America welcomes its newest additions to the team

OIC of America welcomes its newest additions to the team

OIC of America continues to strengthen its commitment to serving the community by expanding its team. Join us in welcoming our newest staff members to the OIC Family!

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