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Subseries 3.2
Opportunities Industrilization Centers, 1964-1999
Boxes 22-48; OP1

Historical Note

In 1964, Sullivan opened the first Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in an old jail in Philadelphia. OIC offered life skills classes and vocational training. Students enrolled to complete a GED, learn interview skills, or take job-specific courses in fields such as secretarial skills, bookkeeping, plumbing, brick masonry, welding, or drafting. OIC also worked with local industries to assure that necessary skills were being taught and to place graduates in jobs.

OIC began to expand outside of Philadelphia and across the United States in 1965. Groups that wanted to establish a new OIC would contact the OIC headquarters for assistance in creating a center. OIC began holding an annual Convocation in 1969, a national event for OIC employees and graduates. In 1969, OIC began to expand into Africa. External assistance came largely through USAID. OICs were gradually established in other locations as well, with some in Europe and in various other places, including Australia, India, Haiti and Canada.

With the global expansion of OIC, the leadership was divided between Opportunities Industrialization Centers America (OICA) and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI).

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of records related to the Opportunities Industrialization Centers from 1964-1999. Files include correspondence, printed material, reports, board minutes, financial records, subject files, and individual files relating to local centers.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two subsections: (3.2.a) Opportunities Industrialization Centers International and (3.2.b) Opportunities Industrialization Centers America.

Description of Subseries