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Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

Juneteenth Celebration

Featuring Shamika Byrd & Her Amazing Band

June 27 – 2-5 PM

Outside in the open air at East Goshen Township Park

Veterans Pavilion – 1580 Paoli Pike – West Chester, PA 19380

Food by – Gourmet Jerk Shack – Caribbean Fare

Great Music – Great Food – Great Weather – Great Social Distancing

Tickets — $55 Adults – $35 Children (Up to age 13) Please RSVP by 6/25.

Jazz in the Park Tickets, Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 23

This is the last Chester County OIC News of the 2020-2021 academic year and we are truly proud of all your hard work!

ESL students, this is your last week of class. Congratulations! Summer classes will begin on July 6th. If you have notified us of your interest in joining our summer classes, we will be sending you an email with your summer class information in the upcoming weeks.

GED students, your class times will remain the same this summer.

In the Chester County OIC news this week, you will find information on career development workshops, learning opportunities, job openings, virtual and in-person hiring events, a forklift training, a free culinary training, news and activities for ESL students, virtual conversation groups (evening and daytime), mental health care, and our event Jazz in the Park.

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Free Career Development Workshops

Free Career Development Workshops

Join Cynthia Ericson, owner of Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions, LLC for a free career development workshop. The next workshop in the series is “How to Stand Out From Other Job Applicants” on Tuesday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CCOIC Career Development Workshops provide practical career development skills, you’ll learn about LinkedIn, The Art of the Interview, NetworkingHow to Present Yourself if you have a Criminal Record and Creating Goals for Career and Life and more.

To participate and receive the zoom link, email Cynthia at: cynthia@ericsonsms.com

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Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Operator Training

Do you need more skills?

FORKLIFT OPERATOR TRAINING OBTAIN SKILLS AND A BETTER FUTURE

TRAINING DATE: June 18th, 2021

Partnership in action. CCOIC in partnership with Eastern Lift Truck Co. Inc., Sam’s Mechanical, New Life In Christ Fellowship Church and First On Allen’s work together to bring Forklift training to Coatesville.

Contact our Employment Specialist Fred to obtain more details and register.

CALL: 610-692-2344

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 20

In the Chester County OIC News this week, you will find information on career development workshops, learning opportunities, a hiring event, job openings, a free culinary training, news and activities for ESL students, a virtual conversation group, the economic transition grant, a financial stability center, and how to apply for human service programs.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Eastern Lift Truck and Chester County OIC are offering a Forklift Training on Saturday, May 22nd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To apply, please call Fred Sharpe at 610-692-2344. For more information, please see the flyer attached.

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Virtual English Conversation Group

Virtual English Conversation Group

Practice your English in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Participation is free.

Groups are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening of the month from 7-8 PM.

Registration is required and will close 2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the event. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the program starts. Make sure to check the email address you registered with to receive the link. You do not need a Zoom account to attend the virtual program.

Here are the dates and links to the registration:

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Youth/Adult Reentry Program

Youth/Adult Reentry Program

For ages 18 – 24!

Have you ever had ANY criminal involvement or need a GED?

Schedule an appointment using the QR code below to learn more!

IF you meet any of the criteria please call or text 484-378-9033 or email Javonna Wylie at jwylie@cc-oic.org

Spaces limited to first come first serve.

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 19

In the Chester County OIC News this week, you will find information on career development workshops, learning opportunities, hiring events, job openings, a free culinary training, news and activities for ESL students, a virtual conversation group, free dinner for dads, health care information, a rent relief program, and an organization that builds and sells homes to low-income families and individuals who live or work in Chester County.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Eastern Lift Truck and Chester County OIC are offering a Forklift Training on Saturday, May 22nd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To apply, please call Fred Sharpe at 610-692-2344. For more information, please see the flyer attached.

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FREE Dad’s & Dinner Night

FREE Dad’s & Dinner Night

Hear from other Dads?

Earn Free Supplies

EVENT DATE: Monday, May 10, 2021

Chester County Women’s Services is partnering with the CYWA to offer a FREE Dad’s & Dinner night on Monday, May 10th at 6pm. Dads will learn valuable parenting skills and hear from other dads, while earning free supplies for their little ones for attending. This event is open to everyone but participants must register by calling 610-383-0930.

Please share with others who might be interested.

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Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Operator Training

Do you need more skills?

FORKLIFT OPERATOR TRAINING OBTAIN SKILLS AND A BETTER FUTURE

TRAINING DATE: May 22nd, 2021

Partnership in action. CCOIC in partnership with Eastern Lift Truck Co. Inc., Sam’s Mechanical, New Life In Christ Fellowship Church and First On Allen’s work together to bring Forklift training to Coatesville.

Contact our Employment Specialist Fred to obtain more details and register.

CALL: 610-692-2344

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 16

In the Chester County OIC News this week, you will find information on career development workshops, learning opportunities, a hiring event, job openings, resources for U.S. citizenship, news and activities for ESL students, a virtual conversation group, mental health services, free breakfast and dinner, and tax assistance.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

The Job Readiness Program by Someone Cares About Me prepares job seekers for the workplace. The next session, “Interview Etiquette,” will be on 4/23 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register via e-mail, director@upperchichesterlibrary.org or phone, (610) 485-0200.

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Current Jobs

Current Jobs

Check out current job posting from local businesses.

If you need help writing your resume, developing your interviewing skills, or finding references to prepare you for any of the listed positions, please call us at 610-692-2344 and press 0 for the receptionist.

  • BFW Group LLC – Admin /Marketing Assistant. Full Time with Benefits.
  • Jeff D’ Ambrogio in Downingtown and Frazer

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Power up: Social Media Edition

Power up: Social Media Edition

Join us on Facebook Live from the comforts of your home to get a power up for your work and social skills in and out of the workplace.

This meeting will be hosted by Fred Sharpe and David Wilkerson of Chester County OIC.

Date: February 23, 2021

Time: 11 AM

Location: Facebook LIVE – https://www.facebook.com/ChescoOIC

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Free Career Development Workshops

Free Career Development Workshops

Join Cynthia Ericson, owner of Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions, LLC for a free career development workshop. The next workshop in the series is How to Craft a Powerful Resume. You can join this workshop on February 16th from 10 to 11:30 am.

CCOIC Career Development Workshops provide practical career development skills, you’ll learn about LinkedIn, The Art of the Interview, NetworkingHow to Present Yourself if you have a Criminal Record and Creating Goals for Career and Life and more.

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To participate and receive the zoom link, email Cynthia at: cynthia@ericsonsms.com

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Virtual Recruitment

Virtual Recruitment

Tuesday – February 16, 2021 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Graphic Packaging is hiring for the following positions at their Phoenixville location:

  • Glue Finishing Operator – $13 to $21/hour
  • Printing Department Manager (Flexo & Litho Specialty) – $18 – $40/hour
  • Die Cutting Bobst and Iberica Operators Platen Die Cutting – $14 to $22/hour
  • Forklift Operator/Material Handler (Sit down forklift) – $19 to $22/hour

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions and would like to attend the virtual recruitment please complete our Interest Form by 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 6

In the Chester County OIC newsletter this week you will find information on career development workshops, job openings, learning opportunities, virtual recruiting events, a financial stability center, the economic transition grant, and COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration in Chester County and Delaware County.

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 mstravous@cc-oic.org.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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Economic Transition Grant

Economic Transition Grant

If you have been laid off, the Economic Transition Grant might help you. It provides money for training and funds to cover housing, food, transportation, childcare, and more. For more information, contact Chante Allen at (610) 280-1032 or callen@edsisolutions.com.

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Get a Career in Manufacturing

Get a Career in Manufacturing

The PA Career Link is hosting a 3-week Virtual Manufacturing Training Boot Camp starting on February 15, 2021 to prepare individuals to gain and retain employment in the Manufacturing Industry. Applications accepted until February 12th. Call today at 610-280-1062 or email rspatichia@edsisolutions.com.

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This Week in CCOIC News

This Week in CCOIC News

Week 5

In the Chester County OIC newsletter this week you will find information on career development workshops, job openings, learning opportunities, virtual recruiting events, URBN hiring event in Coatesville, dental care, food pantry, clothing program, and rent relief.

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 mstravous@cc-oic.org.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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Chester County OIC Purchases 12-Passenger Van with help from Senator Andrew Dinniman

Chester County OIC Purchases 12-Passenger Van with help from Senator Andrew Dinniman

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CCOIC) recently purchased its first van to be used for transporting program participants to workshops, training, and job interviews. The 12-passenger Chevy van was purchased through a state grant sponsored by (now) retired PA State Senator Andrew Dinniman. In addition to offering transport to students, CCOIC is looking to hire one of its own program participants or graduates as driver.

As said by Dinniman, Job training leading to employment opportunities is the important function of Chester County OIC. I am glad that before retiring from the senate I was able to secure a grant for OIC to purchase a much-needed van to transport those, who they serve, to job training and employment.

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This Week in CCOIC News

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 mstravous@cc-oic.org.

WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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Digital Inclusion Program

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: http://www.teamchildren.org/2020-computer-application.html.

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This Week in CCOIC News

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.                                                                                                                                            
WORKSHOPS & LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
The PA CareerLink in Chester County is offering professional development workshops this week. Please see details below. Register at https://www.pacareerlinkchesco.org/ or contact them at 610-280-1031. 

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CCOIC SUCCESS!

CCOIC SUCCESS!

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!

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: dwilkerson@cc-oic.org

Employers looking to hire trained operators, warehouse workers or discuss other industries of work can email Employment Specialist for partnership opportunities: fsharpe@cc-oic.org.

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

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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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SIGN UP & POWER UP

SIGN UP & POWER UP

Join CCOIC for a new virtual Time Management Workshop: Keys to Getting the Bag. In this workshop you’ll learn about planning and the workplace.

When?
SEPTEMBER 29TH
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where?
YOUR OWN HOME, THROUGH ZOOM!

TO SIGN UP CALL:
610-235-4717

Topics include:
What is a PLAN
• BECOME ORGANIZED
• IMPORTANCE OF PLANS
• PLANNING YOUR DAY
• BACKUPS, BACKUPS, BACKUPS!
• EXTRAS

The Workplace
• PLANNING FOR THE RULES
• THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK

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CCOIC: COVID-19 Reopening Protocol

CCOIC: COVID-19 Reopening Protocol

COVID-19 Reopening Protocol as of 7/1/20

The safety of our staff and clientele is our highest priority.  As our County is now in the green phase, we have been thinking through necessary operational changes to safely conduct program operations.  We are resuming operations in July with the CDC guidelines in mind and the goal of exercising an abundance of caution and precaution.  Staff will be following these protocols:

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Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in PA

Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in PA

Join CCFWG and PathWays PA and hear insight from Joyce Chester, President and CEO of Chester County-OIC in this virtual dive into the latest Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania, a report that includes data on Chester County households overlooked and under-counted in the federal poverty level.

To register for the event, visit bit.ly/3hKPtFf.

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Coatesville Business Skills Webinar

Coatesville Business Skills Webinar

This workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup.” Presented in partnership with the Small Business Adminstration and City of Coatesville.

Date: 6/23/20 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration Deadline: 6/22/20 8:00 AM (EDT)
Fee: $25.00 Registration Policies

For more information visit Webinar Registration.

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In These Times … A Message from the President

In These Times … A Message from the President

I can’t breathe.  I can’t breathe.  Mom. Mom.  I can’t breathe.

As a mother myself, these words bring instant panic, fear and reaction.  If I saw my son, my brother, my nephew, my cousin voicing these words on news feed over and over again, those instant reactions would ultimately move into raging anger.

That’s what we see in our streets repeated all over this country.  Chester County OIC wishes to bring honor to the name of George Floyd and so many like him, who have lost their lives in the struggle of being Black or of color in America.

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County Testing Center Opens

County Testing Center Opens

The County Health Department opens first testing site at Gordon Early Literacy Center! The Center will be the FIRST public site for the County with diagnostic testing

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Giving from the Heart

Giving from the Heart

“Who would have thought the job I love so much could kill me.”  Christiana

The words of our former C.N.A. graduate haunt me every day.  Christiana is now an LPN at Chester County Hospital.  Like all front line workers, she endures every day, caring for those in dire need while risking her own safety and that of her young family.

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CITYWIDE ALERT

CITYWIDE ALERT

“The virus is here and it’s real. Don’t wait for it to change your life, change your behavior.”

By now you have heard the reports of one (1) COVID-19 positive case in the City of Coatesville. The bells are now ringing close to home.  It is time to step up our commitment to inform this community of what is inevitable, more positive cases.

We are going to see more families devastated

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Coronavirus Update – April 6, 2020

Coronavirus Update – April 6, 2020

Please read this information from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention about the proper use of cloth face covering

For more information about cloth masks go to this link:

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Coronavirus Update – April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Update – April 1, 2020

At Chester County OIC we are doing are best to ensure the safety and wellness of our community and staff by doing our part in social distancing and other measures.  We are closely monitoring this pandemic and keeping our office closed to the public until such time as COVID 19 has subsided.  Stay tuned for further notice.  We look forward to seeing you all again – soon!

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2020 Census

2020 Census

⭐Today is Census Day⭐

Census results impact and influence our community every day, including school lunches, plans for highways, support for firefighters and families in need. 

Complete the 2020 Census – mail it or complete on-line!

CLICK HERE to the 2020 Census

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Coronavirus Update – March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Update – March 25, 2020

The surge is coming say most experts.  Let’s not get complacent.  Please continue to wash your hands frequently, self-isolate as much as possible, keep a safe social distance when out. Remember when you’re out at the local grocery store or handling money, or getting your mail,  any surface could carry the virus. –

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Sick of hearing about the COVID 19?

Sick of hearing about the COVID 19?

Ten things to you can do while waiting to exhale …

1-Exhale – when was the last time we got to sit with ourselves and just think? My world has definitely slowed down and given me a time to just breathe out.

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CCOIC GED Classes

CCOIC GED Classes

Sign up for the CC-OIC GED program at https://ccoic.org/adult-education/ged-classes/ or call 610-235-4588 to register!

Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChescoOIC/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChesCoOIC

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Chester County OIC Coronavirus Update – March 13, 2020

Pennsylvania Schools to close beginning Friday, March 13 and reopen Monday, March. 30.  Chester County OIC (CCOIC) will be closed during this time as well, with plans to open back to full service no later than April 6.  All workshops and events at CCOIC have been suspended. We are closely monitoring information shared by the Chester County Health Department about COVID-19 and will keep you posted.

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Shooting Hoops with OIC – A Video by “A Sierra Production”

Shooting Hoops with OIC – A Video by “A Sierra Production”

Last month’s basketball event hosted by CCOIC was reported on by Sierra Leshae of A Sierra Production. Check it out from Facebook and remember to follow our page here to get the latest updates from what we’re doing in the community to help people help themselves.

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“I Am OIC” Donna’s Story

“I Am OIC” Donna’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 Donna as she recounts her many impressive achievements she attained after graduating from CCOIC:

“My name is Donna Brown and I am a Supervisor at the Chester County Adult Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services in West Chester, PA. I am a 1984 graduate of CC-OIC. I went on to Immaculata University and received my B.S. in Business and Psychology. I worked as an Adult Parole Officer with Chester County for 14 years, working in a variety of programs like Veteran’s Court, Drug Court, and the Women’s Reentry Assessment Program before becoming a Supervisor. I entered into the workforce with Servistar Corporation and I ended up working as a Corrections Officer and then later transitioned to a Correctional Counselor at the Chester County Prison. I also spent time as an Intensive Case Manager for Human Services, Inc. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, serving 6 years with an Honorable Discharge in 1988. I live in Coatesville area with my husband, Joseph. I love CC-OIC because I went from being a CC-OIC graduate to a Board Member!”

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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Meet the 2019 Leon H. Sullivan Award Winner: Alice M. Thomas!

Meet the 2019 Leon H. Sullivan Award Winner: Alice M. Thomas!

Community Leader and Activist Alice Thomas will be attending our 40th Annual Gala to receive the 2019 Leon H. Sullivan Award! Meet her and other winners on November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern as we celebrate those who work with us to help people help themselves. Tickets can be purchased through our website with more information being available by calling 610-692-2344. We hope to see you there!

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CCOIC’s “Power Up” Series Presents Their Money Management Seminar!

CCOIC’s “Power Up” Series Presents Their Money Management Seminar!

CC-OIC’s POWER UP SERIES
“Handling Your Money” October 16, 2019 from 10 am-12pm

Learn basic financial and budgeting skills that may not have been taught in school or family settings. From checking accounts and cashing checks, to using your bank account to your benefit by saving or investing, come learn about skills that can help you level up your finances! The workshop, led by Fred Sharpe & Donna McFadden, includes a free consultation with a financial wellness coach!

To RSVP please email Ms. Margaret Hamilton mhamilton@cc-oic.org with the subject MONEY and the message: CONFIRMATION with your (name) and (phone number). Or call 610-692-2344 and RSVP with the Receptionist.

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“Dare to Lead” Workshop with Chris Cavalieri

“Dare to Lead” Workshop with Chris Cavalieri

Join us December 12-13 from 8:30am – 5:30pm at Immaculata University to participate in the “Dare to Lead” Workshop led by Chris Cavalieri.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is a 2-day empirically based courage-building and leadership development program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. The Dare to Lead™ curriculum lies within leadership competency content and many times it will count towards CEUs.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put a Dare to Lead™ Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

The “Dare to Lead” Workshop focuses on 4 Courage Skill sets:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living into our Values
  • Braving Trust
  • Learning to Rise

Purchase tickets NOW:
https://daretoleaddec2019imacuniv.eventbrite.com
(All Proceeds Benefit CCOIC!)

Continue the conversation with Chris:
chris@workwhilelife.com or 610-357-7047
www.workwhilelife.com

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“I Am OIC” Chris’s Story

“I Am OIC” Chris’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 Chris as he recounts his experience volunteering with OIC and networking with others:

“I came to the OIC in mid-January seeking to volunteer. I just went through a very close and competitive campaign for District Judge and one of my campaign issues was to have our court system better support our veterans. I made a promise that no matter what the outcome of the election, I was going to dedicate some time towards veterans to help eradicate the many barriers they face in the civilian world.

Since that time I have been fortunate enough to meet numerous veterans and hear their stories. My partner (Karen Newman) and I have traveled extensively and enrolled dozens of veterans into our HVRP program. More importantly, we have actually made a positive impact in their lives by providing them with employment, training and various services. As a veteran, I feel fortunate to help those fellow veterans who I know would do the same for me had our circumstances been different. I feel grateful to have this opportunity to make a real difference for our vets and our community. It’s a wonderful feeling to not only commemorate our veterans but to actually commit to them and their needs. The OIC made this amazing experience a reality. 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-awards-gala-tickets-69204635929

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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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ABOUT US

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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