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Learn more and purchase your Summer Solstice Fundraising Gala tickets! 6/23/23

Learn about our programs, get to know our staff and help us raise money to help improve and strengthen our education and career programs for the betterment of Chester County, PA! For specific details on program advertising, sponsor details and what your donation will go towards read below!

Where is the event?

Coatesville Country Club 143 Reservoir Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320

Learn more about Coatesville County Club!

When is the event?

June 23rd | 5pm-9pm

How should I dress?

The dress is evening brilliant.


Why the GALA is a great opportunity:

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CCOIC) is a non-profit organization located in Coatesville, serving Chester County by providing FREE adult basic literacy education and life skills programs that prepare individuals for employment and economic self-sufficiency. In operation since 1979, CCOIC helps over 800 adults per year.

CCOIC is funded entirely by grants and fundraising dollars.

Grants are provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Chester County Department of Workforce Development, The Chester County Workforce Development Board, PA Department of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, CCRES, Alliance for Health Equity, American Water, and other private foundations and businesses.


Day and evening classes assisting non-native English speakers to learn English and skills to obtain and retain employment, post-secondary education, and/or prepare for citizenship.


Day and evening classes up to four times a week in locations around the county to prepare adults without a high school diploma to take the GED exam.


Volunteer tutoring program based at Chester County Library in Exton to assist students to improve English language skills, prepare for the GED exam, or to improve math and reading skills to gain or upgrade employment or to enter post-secondary education and training.


Online independent study program, workbooks and materials are supplied free of charge to help reach educational goals. Teacher support is available by email, phone or mail.


A comprehensive employment and vocational counseling and training program to help unemployed and underemployed adults of Chester County get a job.


Preparing individuals for certification as CNAs to work in the healthcare industry.

And so much more.

What your tax-deductible donation can help do:

$100 Gas Cards

$150 Student Supplies

$250 ESL Books for one class

$400 GED Books for one class

$600 Digital Literacy Laptop

$900 Work Boots for an Enclave Cohort

$100 Student Clearances

$150 Testing Supplies

$250 Chromebook

$300 Classroom Software

$500 Van Maintenance

$750 CNA Training Mannequin

Mark your calendar for the 29th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast! (4/15/23)

The 29th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast is in Memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This breakfast is sponsored by the Phoenixville Area Social Concerns Committee.

Continental Breakfast – Cost $15 per person. $1 goes to the Don Coppedge Memorial Fund.

Below you can purchase your ticket, or download the flyer!

Grant Announcement! – READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation awards Chester County OIC $5,000.00 for Project HOPE (High Priority Occupations Producing Earnings.). The check was presented to Joyce Chester, president and CEO, by Ken DeTreux, board member of Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation!

Grant Announcement!

CCOIC is proud to announce our Work Enclave Program has been awarded $20,000 from the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program!Thank you to Pennsylvania American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation!

Read their full press release and learn about the grant and other recipients here:

Loaner Chromebook Program

CCOIC is happy to offer our Loaner Chromebook program for potential virtual students!
Want to enroll in one of our Virtual ESL or GED classrooms, but don’t have a computer?   Join our “Loaner Chromebook” program!! Virtual learning can be a convenient way to reach your goals!

Sign up today!
For more information contact: Maryann Stravous at 610-235-4588 or

Proud to be a AHHAH site!

CCOIC is proud to be an organization that offers education to a wide range of people looking to better their knowledge and lives! Now we are thankful to be the newest AHHAH site for handing out books to local kids!! Thank you to AHHAH and Jan Michener! This will be an exciting opportunity for Coatesville families and we can’t wait to share more about our partnership and the CCIU student workers who will help us make a difference in young readers lives!


Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center is a non-profit community- based organization that has been meeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged individuals throughout the community. 


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