OUR HISTORY

Timeline

Timeline
1958
August 9

The Appeal

The Appeal
Recognizing that job opportunities for African-Americans were extremely limited, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan appeals to Philadelphia's largest businesses to interview young blacks for jobs.
1964
October 16

Dr. Sullivan founded the first OIC training center

Dr. Sullivan founded the first OIC training center
Working out of an abandoned jailhouse in north Philadelphia, Dr. Sullivan founded the first OIC training center to provide employment training and retraining in impoverished communities.
1966
October 16

The Expansion

The Expansion
OIC receives national recognition and begins to expand, establishing centers in eight additional cities.
1969
October 16

Build Brother Build

Build Brother Build
Dr. Sullivan Publishes “Build Brother Build,“ his seminal work that details the philosophy, birth and development of the OIC model.
1970
October 16

OIC of America, Inc

OIC of America, Inc
OIC of America, Inc.is established to serve as the national headquarters to OIC Affiliates and provide technical assistance to communities replicating the OIC model.
1971
October 16

OIC becomes a prime national contractor

OIC becomes a prime national contractor
OIC received $32,600,000 from the Department of Labor to serve as "a prime national contractor" for manpower services throughout the U.S. for more than a decade.
1988
October 16

Quantum Opportunity Program

Quantum Opportunity Program
OICA develops the Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP), a multi-year, intensive case management and mentoring program for high school youth. The program is rigorously evaluated and eventually adapted by the Eisenhower Foundation for widespread dissemination.
1998
October 16

The Impact

The Impact
OICs have trained more than 3 million people, and placed more than 2.5 million in jobs, with its alumni collectively earning $80 billion a year (L.H. Sullivan, Moving Mountains, Judson Press, 1998).
2014
October 16

OIC prepare workers for high-demand “green” careers.

OIC prepare workers for high-demand “green” careers.
Leveraging $12.8 million in US Department of Labor grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , OICA launched programs in 7 cities to prepare workers for high-demand “green”  careers.
2016
October 16

OICA launches national re-entry initiative (SOAR)

OICA launches national re-entry initiative (SOAR)
OICA launches national re-entry initiative (SOAR) to provide returning citizens vocational training, work readiness and education to help reduce recidivism, funded by 2 grants from the Dept. of Labor totaling $9 million.

ABOUT US

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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