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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!

Founder of CCOIC Immortalized at Philadelphia Airport with International Arrivals Hall Renaming

By Leah Mikulich

Founded by Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan in 1964, the OICA (Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America) marked an important milestone after nine years of waiting, writes Valerie Russ for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2013, Mable Ellis Welborn, the chair of the board of the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, had asked for the Philadelphia International Airport’s International Arrivals Hall to be renamed in the late Sullivan’s honor. Finally, her request was granted just in time for what would have been the reverend’s 100th birthday on Oct. 16.

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Free Customer Service Certification!

Want to achieve a key certification that will give you a competitive edge when applying for a wide array of customer service positions across many industries?

CCOIC is excited to present our newest free training opportunity! From 11/14/22 to 11/17/22 we are offering the “Customer Service Specialist Program with NRF Certification”!

This training will be located at our main office, 22 N. 5th Avenue Coatesville, PA 19320, and will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm on selected days!

Thank you to Full Circle for helping to make this possible!

Please refer to the flyer for more information and contact Asia Suber at Email: or text the word “NRF” to 484-378-1806.

Work Enclave Grant Announcement

It is with great gratitude that Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center would like to share that our Enclave program has been granted ARPA funding on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners votes!

Our Work Enclave, which has successfully taught participants career and personal development skills while helping to better the city of Coatesville to which we serve and call home, will be continuing for 3.5 years thanks to the gracious support of this grant amount of $833,070!

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Chester County Library & CCOIC Hosts ESL Conversation groups for adults 18+.

It’s FREE and open to the public.

Contact Jamie Claxton at (610) 344-5955 or

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Work Enclave Program: A Beautification Initiative for 19320

Sponsored by 2nd Century Alliance, Chester County OIC is offering a Work Enclave Program: A Beautification Initiative for 19320.  The Enclave is a 5-week paid ambassador program for residents in the 19320 to participate in community clean up while learning work readiness skills.  Participants will go through a competitive interviewing process. 

Those selected will work earn $15.00 per hour for 5 weeks.  At the end of the 5-weeks, those who are work ready will move forward as candidates for local jobs with great pay and benefits.  To learn more about the Work Enclave, text “19320” to 484-378-9033.

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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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