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This Week in CCOIC News

Week 3

In the Chester County OIC newsletter this week you will find information on career development workshops, job openings, learning opportunities, virtual job fairs, food cupboards, and a program that helps individuals enroll in health insurance, SNA10P benefits, and cash assistance.

We are currently accepting new students for our free GED and ESL programs. Bring a friend! For more information, please contact me at (484) 905-4479 or Maryann Stravous at (610) 235-4588 or email at


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Digital Inclusion Program

Despite the fact that we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, poverty and poor education is still rampant. Today technology can make a difference yet far too many families do not have a home computer.

By simply writing a letter explaining the need for a low-cost computers or devices, families obtain devices necessary to better educate their children.

Team Children has a digital inclusion program that offers refurbished laptops and desktops at low prices. For more information, please check the flyer attached. To apply, please follow the three steps listed in the website:

Invitation to Bid

BFW Group (BFW) and Chester County OIC (CCOIC)

BFW and CCOIC are accepting bids effective immediately for the following project: The renovation of an approximately 10,000 SF office building owned by the Chester County OIC located in Coatesville, PA. View this project on PennBid under the name – Chester County OIC Building Renovation Project.

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This Week in CCOIC News

Week 2

This is the first Chester County OIC News of 2021 and today you will find information on career development workshops, job openings, learning opportunities, virtual job fairs, refurbished laptops and desktops at low prices, counseling videos, and free income tax preparation services.                                                                                                                                            
The PA CareerLink in Chester County is offering professional development workshops this week. Please see details below. Register at or contact them at 610-280-1031. 

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John Custer ACHIEVED his GED!

John Custer joined the OIC GED program on August 10th. Prior to attending our program, John had attended a two-year trade school. In this program, he was assured that he would have a high school diploma when he completed the program. When he graduated the program, he received a certificate that he was told was a “high school diploma”. He shared this with two successive employers. Later when attempting to apply to college, he discovered that the trade school was not accredited to issue a valid high school diploma, so his diploma was not accepted by the college. This brought John to the doors of OIC in search of a GED program. When John went through the intake process on August 10th, he shared his goal of attending DCCC in January to get an associate’s degree in the area of machine and tool/die cutting.

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Forklift Certified!

Five of our SOAR ReentryProgram participants earned certifications as Forklift Operators. Each of the young men are lined up to get a new job or a raise at their current job! Thank you to our sister organization Montgomery County OIC for hosting us! Email 📧 the Employment Specialist for training:

Employers looking to hire trained operators, warehouse workers or discuss other industries of work can email Employment Specialist for partnership opportunities:

#SOARReentry #YoungAdults #Adults #WorkforceDevelopment #CovidFriendly 😷 #ChesterCountyOIC #Coatesville #CoatesvilleRising #19320

CCOIC: Virtual and In Person Training Programs

CCOIC offers a variety of training programs and workshops. Learn more.

Virtual English as a Second Language and GED classes that are accepting registration NOW! LEARN MORE

Career Development Workshops were you’ll learn about LinkedIn, Having a Mentor, How to Present Yourself if you have a Criminal Record and Creating Goals for Career and Life. LEARN MORE

Our new SOAR Coursera Training Program with classes like Covid Response Contact Tracker, Google IT Support Pro Certificate, Skills of the Future: Advanced Manufacturing and Skills of the Future: Entrepreneurship. LEARN MORE


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Visit the site for open positions:
ShopRite Career Opportunities

Contact CCOIC for help with Career Development:
Call 610-692-2344 and Press “O”.

Monarch Staffing

Monarch Staffing is HIRING!

Call 610-604-0202 or email with your latest resume & any questions.

Visit the site for open positions:
Contact CCOIC for help with Career Development:
Call 610-692-2344 and Press “O”.

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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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