One year ago, OIC was faced with closing its doors. We were out of money, struggling to breathe, with a committed but small staff of 6 doing the often unappreciated work of changing lives through education and training. One consultant group said, “OIC needs to close the doors, maybe consider consolidating with another nonprofit. You…

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The Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) is unlike any other Adult Literacy program in the State of Oklahoma because of our approach to Literacy. Since 1966, OIC has served Oklahoma City.  OIC’s Director of Curriculum, Chris Myers, provides a community-based approach when engaging learners in his classroom. The classroom is like a village where each program participant contributes to…

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Illiteracy is a life sentence.

American Idol superstar Fantasia Barrino shocked the nation back in 2005 when she revealed that despite winning the popular singing competition, she was functionally illiterate. Unfortunately, Fantasia’s illiteracy isn’t that hard to believe. America is home to more than 30 million adults without the basic literacy skills to read a newspaper, understand medical documents, or…

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Reading is the key focus at OIC; students are encouraged to read books that interest them. We believe that reading is an investment rather than a one-time transaction. Reading is a critical component of learning and navigating messages that we see on a daily basis. Reading helps learners make connections, exchange information, seek careers, and…

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March is for Fundraising! OIC launched our Spring 2018 fundraising campaign today & we are excited about new courses and workshops this month! OIC would not exist without our generous and dedicated donors – YOU! We are planning a beautiful Gala with a special keynote address by motivational speaker and community advocate, Lee Roland. The…

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OIC announces Fall Tutor training beginning the three-part training on August 19, 2017.  Training is for those who want to be trained to work with non- and low-level adult readers, or help those who want to improve their English language skills. According to the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, “Literacy is the ability…

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July 22 OIC Family Reunion 7:30 pm Taft Stadium,  2501 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 Oklahoma City, OK Calling all past and present students/alumni, staff, board members, volunteers, and families to join in on the fun as we introduce a new generation of OIC excellence and celebrate 51 years of OIC history.  Join us…

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Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, Inc. (OIC) is pleased to offer several new learning opportunities to the Oklahoma City metro area.  Executive Director DesJean Jones states, “We are thrilled to offer the local community these classes. OIC is located in central Oklahoma City, near the State Capitol for easy access from all areas of…

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  OIC’s Health Literacy program is provided to the community through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.   Funding was made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Thank You!

OIC has been selected as the 2017 recipient of several grant awards including the OU Big Event, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Dollar General Foundation. The OU BigEvent award will fund supplies for OIC’s Community Garden project.  A component of the OIC Health Literacy Program, the project helps to educate OIC students on the…

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