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OIC/DC has successfully Launched Two New Training Programs for Adults at Its New Training Center, located at 3707 MLK Ave SE & PR Harris Community School which started Late July, 2002. Recruiting now - call (202) 373 - 0330. Ask for Latese Barksdale or Sheena Nicholson, Job Coach/Placement Specialists.

OIC/DC will provide training and job placement for the adult population. This includes, but not limited to the offender population, the homeless and the substance abuser population. OIC/DC is funded to provide services for 165 persons over a two-year period. The programs have been in full operation since November, 2001. The programs are outlined below:

OIC/DC is contracted to operate a 18 month project that will provide skill-training classes in: MOS/ Office Practices Training coupled with basic education and intensive supportive services to 90 unemployed or under employed, basic skills deficient customers and; A+ Certification Training coupled with basic education and intensive supportive services to 75 basic skills deficient customers.

Program Design Curriculum
The core design of this OIC program -- which is called Opportunities For Closing the Digital Divide (OIC-CDD) -- is to provide valuable skill training in two growth occupational areas that need workers who can successfully and productively work in the electronic workplace. The two skill areas are:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) / Office Practice Training: Three classes, each with 30 customers (total of 90 students slots) will be offered, one starting in month 1 of the program, the second beginning in month 7, and the third starting in month 13 of program operations.
  • A+ Certification Training coupled with basic education and intensive supportive services to 75 basic skills deficient customers A+ Certification Training: Two classes, each with 37/38 customers (total of 75 students slots) will be offered, one starting in month 1 of the program and the second beginning in month 10 of program operations.

These training opportunities will enable customers to enter career-starting jobs, which offer good wages, benefits and the chance for career advancement and an aggressive case management and support system to ensure the completion of the program, obtainment of skill competencies, job placement and retention. The OIC-CDD program includes a basic and remedial education package that is designed to address the individual needs of each customer and is built to complement and facilitate the skill training. This basic and remedial instruction package will enable the program to successfully work with basic skills deficient customers and better prepare them for work by enabling them to develop a solid foundation of workplace literacy.