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History

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) is a network of comprehensive employment training programs across the nation. The first OIC was founded in Philadelphia in 1964. From its beginnings in an abandoned jailhouse, OIC has grown into an organization which serves disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans of all races. OIC Affiliates are involved in a variety of programs which impact upon disadvantaged Americans, encompassing employment training, alternative education systems and economic development. With more than 50 years of helping others to help themselves OIC's have served over 4 million clients with a placement rate better than 75% in full-time positions.

How is OIC Organized & Operated?

Our national headquarters, Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA), serves local OICs in most states and Washington, D.C. Through the central administration headquarters in Philadelphia, OICA provides Affiliates with technical assistance in the areas of program planning and operations. OIC operates on a national as well as local level. On the local level, OICA has chartered Affiliates. Each Affiliate is incorporated in the state where it is located and has its own Board of Directors whose membership reflects the diversity of the community.