Our Programs

IMPACT: Intelligence, Motivation, Patience, Attitude and Career Training

IMPACT is an out-of-school program that prepares youth 18-24 for the world of work. Skills learned are Basic Skills, Personal Qualities, Interpersonal/Communication, Customer Services, Computer Literacy, Financial and Job Seeking. Youth do a career pathway in Allied Health and Culinary.


Men of Color is a program designed to serve males with a strong focus on juniors and seniors at New Britain High School that are not going on to further formal education.  This program is intended to prepare them to enter today’s workforce with a focus on soft skills.   Soft skills are personal attributes needed to succeed in the workplace such as work ethic, positive attitude, good communication skills, time management, problem solving, acting as a team player, self-confidence, and the ability to accept constructive criticism.  Youth earn a ½ credit towards graduation.


Moving Mountains-Sullivan Academy program is designed to prepare 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the transition to 9th grade. The program focuses on the Career Competency System, Drop Out and Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Academic Enrichment & Healthy Behaviors.

The program is named after the founder of Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., The Rev. Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan's book "Moving Mountains." This book emphasizes self-help, while encouraging youth to invest in their communities as volunteers and good citizens.


Healthy Living is an enhancement endeavor with Brookside School.  This program is designed to have youth exposed to three areas of academic enrichment.  The areas of focus are: Cooking with Cultural Diversity which will expose youth to a variety of cultures through food experiences, entrepreneurship, food etiquette and science.  FIT (Fitness in Training) Media Smart:  Designed to empower youth to become aware of and think critically about the media’s role in influencing their health, make informed decisions about nutrition, establish healthy habits and physical activity.   Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Youth will build skills in six SEL areas: Emotional Management, Empathy, Teamwork, Responsibility, Initiative and Problem Solving.  Youth earn ½ credit towards graduation.


This program prepares in-school youth ages 14-19 for the world of work by providing a tier system. Youth are able to gain the necessary work skills so they can become successful students and outstanding employees.

Tier I
Youth between the ages of 14 and 15 are provided with a career exploration program for 6 weeks. Students participate in various exploratory activities such as identifying a career field, completing job applications, preparing a resume and how to prepare for the interview process.

Tier III
This program operates the months of July and August and provides a paid work experience for New Britain in-school youth ages 15-19. Youth are placed on jobs for 5 weeks and work a total of 24 hours per week. Participants also complete a dream resume as part of their employment development training.

To participate in this program youth must be attending school in New Britain.


Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) provides basic skills (i.e.: reading & math) assessment and career interest inventories. 

Customers complete their assessments in small (i.e.: 10 or less) sessions or an individual basis, as needed. Typically, a customer will complete the appropriate assessment(s) in a single assessment session, receiving feedback on his/her reading and math scores and additional career exploration resources within the session. Referrals to Adult Education Programs are made at this time for customers who need to complete their high school diplomas or who need to augment their skills.

Primary assessment includes:

Basic Skills/Literacy
CASAS, Employment Competency System (ECS) Appraisal, Career Interest Inventories
Self-Directed Search (SDS)
Career Decision-Making System (CDM)

G.R.E.A.T: Gun Resistance Education and Training

This enhancement program addresses Youth Violence Prevention initiatives for all OIC programs