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Volunteers Needed for Resume Writing Services

Volunteers Needed for Resume Writing Services

Chester County OIC is seeking volunteers with good writing and editing experience to assist with resume creation and revision at our office for 5-10 hours a week. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Donna McFadden at dmcfadden@cc-oic.org.

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“I Am OIC” Margaret’s Story

“I Am OIC” Margaret’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC Family. The following is a story submitted by Margaret as she speaks about her experience working at OIC as a program assistant:

“While transitioning between full-time employment and retirement, I realized that I was not ready to stop working entirely. Though I continued to remain active as a volunteer, I still wanted to apply my knowledge and skills in an office setting.

I was connected to the Chester County OIC through their partnership with the Goodwill Senior Program. Working as Goodwill Scholar Program. Working as a Program Assistant allows me to use my people skills to interact with and support the clients that our department serves. This role also provides a unique opportunity for me to dedicate and honor the servicemen in my family, who have served the United States military in various branches and capacities.

Now working at the Chester County OIC, it warms my heart knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of those who have given so much of themselves for our country.

I am successful because…I am OIC!”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

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40th Annual Awards Gala “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction

40th Annual Awards Gala “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction

CCOIC will hold its 40th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel, in Malvern PA.

For our 2019 event, we will be hosting an exclusive “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction sponsored by the nonprofit organization AmFund. These bucket list trips will be good for three years with no blackout dates, they include deluxe accommodations, round trip airfare and a travel specialist to do all of the booking for you!

Bidding will only be open during Cocktail Hour! So come ready to BID, WIN & TRAVEL in support of CCOIC!

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chester-county-oic-40th-annual…

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Mocktails & Munchies at CCOIC!

Mocktails & Munchies at CCOIC!

Join CC-OIC for Mocktails & Munchies!
September 18, 2019 from 5pm-7pm

At Mocktail night, we welcome all to have a good (non-alcoholic) mixed drink to leave it on the stage! Whether your talent lies in monologues, rapping, singing, poetry or comedy, we welcome you to come enjoy this free show and demonstrate your skills if you feel inspired to.

Please sign up with Mr. Fred Sharpe at fsharpe@cc-oic.org or stop in at Chester County OIC 22 N 5th Ave. Coatesville, PA 19320. If you RSVP to this event, you will receive a drink and plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres. You are surely to leave this event fulfilled in mind and tastebuds!

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40th Annual Awards Gala Tickets Now On Sale Online!

40th Annual Awards Gala Tickets Now On Sale Online!

Tickets for our 40th Annual Awards Gala can now be purchased on our Eventbrite page. You can access it easily by clicking the image in the scrolling header on the front page of the site.

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CCOIC) will hold its 40th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel, in Malvern PA. We are excited to celebrate our 40th year serving the Chester County community, and more importantly, our return home to the City of Coatesville. This year our theme is, “There’s No Place Like Home!”

You are cordially invited to join us for a night of live music, awards, and an elegant buffet with a host of delicious options as we celebrate our involvement in the community of Chester County and the ways we’ve worked to help people help themselves! Get your tickets now!

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“I Am OIC” Diane’s Story

“I Am OIC” Diane’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC Family. The following is a story submitted by Diane as she speaks about serving on our Board of Directors:

“Chester County OIC is a transformational force in helping people help themselves through adult education and job training programs. I am truly honored and humbled to serve on the Board of Directors and be a part of the CCOIC mission and the original vision of this community service agency as designed by the founder, Reverend Leon Sullivan. Over the years it has been inspirational to see the hard work, dedication, and expertise of CCOIC staff and volunteers (led by our incredible President and CEO, Joyce Chester) as they give hope, caring support, and provide clear pathways to success for each individual. Each year of our annual Awards Gala it touches my heart to hear the impact CCOIC has made for individual lives as students share their personal success stories. The move to our new headquarters in Coatesville is an exciting time as we develop new programs and partnerships for the future that will continue the proud CCOIC legacy of making a difference.”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

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Justice for Families Support Group

Justice for Families Support Group

Do you have a family member, or loved one, involved in the adult or juvenile justice system? Do you feel alone in this process? Have you asked yourself, “How did we end up here? What do we do next? Who can I talk to that will truly understand the emotional stress I am going through?” Would you like to meet with our family members who are walking in similar shoes? Then please join the Justice for Families Support Group every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Coatesville Bible Church (6 N. 5th Ave., Coatesville, PA 19320) for a very informal time of sharing and supporting each other. For questions or to register, please call Deborah Willett at 610-246-2261.

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Congratulations to the FRESHStart Kitchen Program Graduates!

Congratulations to the FRESHStart Kitchen Program Graduates!

Chester County OIC would like to congratulate the three students that completed The Chester County Food Bank’s FRESHStart Kitchen Culinary Program on August 12th.

We would especially like to congratulate Daryll and Shaqueena as they walked into the doors of OIC over 10 weeks ago and were brave enough to start a new thing! We would lastly like to thank Chef Ranney, Chef Wayne and Ms. Amy and any other food bank staff for their hard work, dedication and will—- this program is about more than cooking!

The FRESHStart Kitchen is a 12-week culinary job training program provided by the Chester County Food Bank. Participants receive a set of professional cooking materials, ServSafe Managers certification, resume assistance, any many more assets for those looking to enter a culinary career. Call 610-692-2344 to learn about applying for the September 16th session.

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“I Am OIC” Gina’s Story

“I Am OIC” Gina’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC Family. The following is a story submitted by Gina as she speaks about teaching in our ESL Program:

“I came to OIC as an ESL teacher, thinking about what I could give to students to adjust and develop their lives in the United States. Instead, the students and staff at OIC broadened my worldview and gave me the opportunity to use and share my experience and talents as an educator, manager, and writer. Thank you to all who helped me to be able to say, ‘I am OIC!’ I am successful because…I am OIC!”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

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CCOIC At The “Sounds of Summer” Jazz Series

CCOIC At The “Sounds of Summer” Jazz Series

Chester County OIC invites you to come, visit, and relax with us at our table at the Coatesville “Sounds of Summer” Jazz Series at Gateway Park Friday nights through August 23rd! Enjoy the improvisational sounds of Beebop, Cool and Contemporary Jazz, Cross Over, and many more artistic styles of music at this fun for everyone event. Be sure to bring a lawn chair, and don’t be shy to stop on over and chat with us about all the important work CCOIC is doing for the community!

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I Am Chester County OIC: Miroslawa’s Story

I Am Chester County OIC: Miroslawa’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC Family. The following is a story submitted by Miroslawa as she recalls her experiences with our ESL Program:

“I am OIC because it’s never too late to learn! I am a 37 year-old Pole and English is my second language. Its been almost two years since I started living in the United States and soon I’m going to apply for US Citizenship. I had been looking for a place where I could study English and prepare for the new naturalization test.”

“At Chester County OIC, I found everything I was looking for. I found myself surrounded by students from all around the world. Learning a new language doesn’t only mean learning its grammar. You need to experience the language by talking, reading, and listening. OIC provides everything starting with the most important—professional and experienced ESL teachers.”

“Now I have completed my second semester in my ESL/ Civics class. I plan to make an appointment for my citizenship interview and in the fall continue at MY OIC–in the GED class. In the future I hope to get a job or to start college.”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

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Chester County OIC Hosts Community Dinner

Chester County OIC Hosts Community Dinner

Last Wednesday, we hosted a Community Dinner–pasta style! Several young people attended and received iPhone 5s with minute cards and chargers!

At this dinner we were able to discuss community development, community involvement, millennial ideas, the history of Chester County OIC and OIC of America at large.

We appreciate all the young adults that came out to socialize and prioritize the growth of Chester County and their community. More photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page. A special thank you to Lamb Beverage, Coatesville Community member Ms. Shelika Spain and Wegman’s for contributions to our community dinner!

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Congratulations 2019 GED Graduates!

Congratulations 2019 GED Graduates!

Congratulations to the class of 2019 GED graduates this past June! Thank you to the GED instructors, the PA Careerlink (Exton) and other countywide organizations that helped to make this day possible. Graduates we welcome you to join our Workforce Reintegration Program that can place you in career training and other employment opportunities.

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Aya Health Café Event Photos

Aya Health Café Event Photos

Chester County OIC was proud to partner with the Black Women of Chester County in Action in order to present Aya Health Café on June 29th. The event was designed to promote the importance of health and wellness as it pertains to black women and their physical wellbeing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2011-2013, black women have high amounts of heart disease (7.6% compared to 5.8% of white women). In addition, rates of diabetes between white and black women are almost doubled–5.4 per 100 vs. 9.9 per 100 according to CDC data collected from 1980 to 2014. These along with other studies have spurred BWCCA into activism to empower women of color to take their health into their own hands.

One of the ways this goal was emphasized was through walking. Studies conducted by numerous health organizations have shown that walking just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of chronic illness–many of which effect black women disproportionally. In order to raise awareness to the benefits of walking, one of the main events of the day was a fun mile walk in the community. A drum circle, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and vendor area was also provided for attendees.

Pictures from the Aya Health Café are now up on Facebook. Click here to see photos from our wonderful event. Special thanks to Fonz Newsuan for his photography and camerawork during this event.

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Save the Date! The CCOIC Awards Gala Will Be Returning For Its 40th Year

Remember to mark your calendars and buy tickets early because the formal Chester County OIC Awards Gala is returning for its 40th year with a whimsical Wizard of Oz inspired theme–“There’s No Place Like Home!” Join us on November 15th, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA for a night of dinner and celebration as we commemorate those who have helped to make our mission a success. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and ticket sales please call us at 610-692-2344.

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I Am Chester County OIC: Kokilathas’ Story

Thas smiling for a photo.

Kokilathas (Thas) is from Sri Lanka and grew up in the city of Jaffna. He finished 13 years of formal training and received his High School Diploma. Thas immigrated to the United States on February 23rd, 2009. He came to America seeking political asylum because the Sinhalese Army, a controlling group in Sri Lanka, was killing the Tamil people. The obstacles he faced immigrating into the United States were finding legal assistance and filling the requirement of having a United States address.

Thas wanted to speak better English. meet other immigrants residing in the United States and learn more about the culture and traditions of the country. His friends attended the English as a Second Language program at Chester County OIC and recommended that Thas attend too. He began the program in 2010 when he tested low beginning ESL He then moved up to High intermediate ESL and in August of 2013 post-tested at Advanced ESL.

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Congratulations Session 43 CNA Graduates!

Chester County OIC extends a warm congratulations towards the graduates of our Certified Nurse’s Aide program. Session 43 marks the first class to graduate from our Coatesville location!

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Chester County OIC salutes the achievements of Khalil Knight, the first participant in our new SOAR Reintegration Program!

Khalil came to Chester County OIC through Better Tomorrows which serves the Regency Park community.  He had just returned home last fall, and was in search of reliable job with transportation support to help pay his fines.  He really just wanted a chance to grow and succeed. With the help of our dedicated team, Khalil attended all of his appointments and met all of the program requirements, and is now enrolled in the FRESHStart Kitchen at the Chester County Food Bank!  This 14-week culinary training program results in sustainable employment in the food service industry. FRESH is an acronym for Focusing Resources on Employment, Self-Sufficiency and Health.

Chester County OIC is dedicated to “Helping People Help Themselves.”  Through SOAR, which stands for Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, and Responsibility, we support young adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system to get training and find employment that leads to self-sufficiency.  Our holistic, trauma informed care approach helps our program participants overcome barriers to set and achieve their goals.

Khalil Knight, the first participant in our new SOAR Reintegration Program working at Chester County Food Bank FRESHstart program.

Khalil has continuously expressed his excitement about being involved with Chester County OIC and FRESHStart Kitchen, stating “Yes, I finally have things to look forward to!”  Over just a few months of working with the SOAR team, he has shown tremendous motivation and dedication to his own personal and professional development.  Khalil is on the track to lifelong success!

Joyce Chester, President & CEO, said, “We look forward to the great things Khalil will do, and to fostering more networks and support systems so that many, many more people in Coatesville and Chester County at-large can come to us to improve their lives.”

For more information about the FRESHStart Kitchen at the Chester County Food Bank, please visit  https://chestercountyfoodbank.org/programs-education/kitchen/freshstart-kitchen/

For more information about Chester County OIC and the SOAR program.

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West Chester Rotary Club Annual Fruit Sale

The beneficiary of the West Chester Rotary Club 2019 Fruit Sale is none other than Chester County OIC. Funds raised will help support our GED Prep program — instructional staff, books, supplies, and student transportation.

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Woman of the Year

Joyce Chester, President & CEO, Chester County OIC

We are proud to say that this year our very own Joyce Chester, President and CEO of Chester County OIC, has been chosen as Woman of the Year. The recipient of Woman of the Year exemplifies outstanding contributions in the community through exemplary service. Congratulations, Joyce! We couldn’t think of a more worthy leader to receive this honor.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will be hosting their Finer Womanhood: High Tea on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This year’s High Tea will be held on the campus of West Chester University at Sykes Student Union 110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19382 at 12pm. Finer Womanhood is an annual national observance of the Sorority that is celebrated from the last full week in February to the end of March. Every year since 1923 members of Zeta Phi Beta all over the world have annually devoted a special time to identifying and shining a light on women, youth and organizations who express the ideals of the sorority and have used their lives to leave an indelible impression on society 

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“Let’s Talk Coatesville”

Free event THIS Thursday, February 7th, at 5pm Chester County OIC is hosting the final “Let’s Talk Coatesville” event, tackling the topics of education and jobs. Dinner and childcare are both provided! No reason to miss this event!

REGISTER TODAY! www.brandywinefoundation.org OR
CALL 610.380.9080, x 100 OR
EMAIL pwhite@brandywinefoundation.org

The Brandywine Health Foundation wants to hear your voice.

During our final “Let’s Talk Coatesville” event, we’ll tackle the health challenges created by imbalances in education, income and economic opportunity in the greater Coatesville community. We’ll tap into community wisdom to identify the most challenging financial roadblocks to upward mobility and discuss viable solutions.

Discussion topics:

  • Job security
  • The importance of a living wage
  • Education opportunities
  • Financial literacy and management
  • Language barriers to income

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Chester County OIC Hosts Ribbon Cutting on MLK Day of Service

Photo of the ribbon cutting for Chester County OIC in Coatesville.

Guided by the principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Chester County OIC hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 21st, 2019 at their new headquarters, located at 22 N. 5th Avenue in Coatesville. This marks the official opening of their doors to the community.

Thank you to everyone who made the day so special including the community of Coatesville, Chester County Commissioners, Pastor/State Representative Dan Williams, Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender and other council members, Assistant City Manager James Logan, Mayor Clifford DeBaptiste, Pastor Wayne Croft, Coatesville Flower Shop, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Triple Fresh Inc., and James Hanes and Jason White of OIC of America.

“Chester County OIC is proud to return to the city of Coatesville. We are happy to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary in the community where we began.” Said Joyce Chester, CEO of the non-profit organization.

Chester County OIC was awarded a HUD grant to purchase the former location of the Coatesville Senior Center this past year and has plans to renovate the space to accommodate all of their programs including GED, English as a Second Language, Certified Nurse Aid Training, and re-entry training for justice-involved young adults ages 18-24 years old. These programs available for Chester County residents are made possible through grants from the Department of Labor and Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For more information, call (610) 692-2344 or visit www.ccoic.org

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Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

Chester County OIC getting new headquarters

COATESVILLE — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $300,000 to representatives of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center.

The funds, made available through a community development block grant, have been used to purchase a new primary office location for Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center in the City of Coatesville.

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OIC Congratulates our Newest GED Graduates

OIC Congratulates our Newest GED Graduates

On Thursday, July 5th, 2018 Chester County OIC celebrated x graduates from our GED program!

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Chester County OIC Celebrates the Retirement of Longtime Employee

Chester County OIC Celebrates the Retirement of Longtime Employee

On June 27th, 2018 Chester County OIC celebrated 25 years of service from one of our longtime employees. Maryann Mann worked for OIC as our Workforce-Education Director. Please join us in congratulating Maryann on her years of service to the community!

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Congratulations to Session 37 CNA Graduates

Congratulations to Session 37 CNA Graduates

Session 37 graduated on June 26, 2016 at the Charles A. Melton Community Center.

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Congratulations to Session 38 CNA Graduates

Congratulations to Session 38 CNA Graduates

Session 38 graduated on December 1, 2016 at the Charles A. Melton Community Center.

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Congratulations to Session 36 CNA Graduates

Congratulations to Session 36 CNA Graduates

Session 36 CNA Graduates

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John Wetzel visits Philadelphia OIC

John Wetzel visits Philadelphia OIC

PA Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary, John Wetzel visited with various OIC affiliate leaders at the Philadelphia OIC on June 22nd.

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Gina Venuti, Deputy Director accepts the Bookmarkers 2015 Ruthann Bowers Literacy Award

Gina Venuti, Deputy Director accepts the Bookmarkers 2015 Ruthann Bowers Literacy Award

From Left: Barbara Garnet, Secretary, Gina Venuti, Robin Austin, President and Beverly Angry, Member
Gina Venuti, Deputy Director accepting the Bookmarkers 2015 Ruthann Bowers Literacy Award and donation for CCOIC on April 18 at the Club’s Annual Friendship Tea at the Brandywine Center in Coatesville.

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President and CEO Joyce Chester inducted into New Century Club of West Chester

President and CEO Joyce Chester inducted into New Century Club of West Chester

We congratulate President and CEO Joyce Chester on her induction into the New Century Club of West Chester National Women’s Hall of fame as Charter Member. The evenings honoree was Dr. Lillian DeBaptiste Lambert.

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