In January of 2009 Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) launched a new program called OIC DCWorks, a comprehensive approach to addressÂing the short and long term employment needs of DCâ€™s Ward 8 residents. Setting out to service 200 adults with multiple barriers to employment, this intense Employment Training Program includes job readiness training, life skills training, customer service skills, computer literacy, conflict resolution, on-the job training, and job placement asÂsistance. During the last two years OIC/DC numbers are impressive, having placed over 750 people into full-time positions, with a combined job placement rate of nearly 81%. OIC/DC also has served more than 1,720 participants in both their Youth and Adult Divisions.
OIC/DCâ€™s Program Director for Youth Programs, Lisa Glenn, said that the program increased shortly after introducÂing the DC Works program.â€œWe have a program that the residents of DC need and thus, we decided to change our goals from 200 to 400 adults. â€OIC/DC also offers the following training programs; A+ Certification Computer Repair, Office Practices/Microsoft Office Specialist, Pre- Apprenticeship for Construction Trades, Weatherization/Solar Energy, Family SerÂvice Programs, An Ex-Offender Program, Life Skill & Job Placement Assistance and a Community-Out Reach Program, all free to DC residents.
â€œWe are breading Costumer SerÂvice Specialists here at OIC/DCâ€ says VerÂnard Portis, a case manager for OIC/DCâ€™s Out of School Youth program. With nearly 6 years at the helm of OIC/DCâ€™s youth proÂgram, Mr. Portis understands the challengÂes that youth today face. The purpose of the OIC/DC Training Center is not to only focus on job placement training for disadÂvantaged youth and adults but to provide literacy, job readiness, and strength-based case management services to will position them to find jobs. The training program is conducted for 12 weeks, four hours a day. During this time, participants receive a stipend based on time and attendance. At the programâ€™s conclusion participants are then placed in paid on-the-job trainÂing with area employers.
OIC/DC is a licensed Post SecondÂary Education Institution for non-degree students in the District of Columbia and a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with more than 42 years of experience in preÂparing youth and adults for work and is a part of a network of 58 national affiliates.