" Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and a contract relationship with the Providence School Departments Career & Technical Academy to plan and manage adult training programs in this state of the art technical training facility in partnership with business and industry. 11 adult training and employment programs are planned for 2013 to provide service to over 200 underserved adults.
" Provided weatherization & deconstruction certification services to 180 individuals and placed 115 individuals in employment serving as the lead agency for this project on behalf of the City of Providence in collaboration with CCRI, Genesis Center, Amos House, and the Providence Housing Authority. 56% were ex-offenders.
" Awarded a three year grant of $377,000 to provide Weatherization and HVAC training and employment to 180 individuals over a three year period under contract with the Department of Labor through the OIC of America. Placing on average 10 trainees a month in jobs.
" Entered into a memorandum of understanding between the RI Dept of Labor and Training netWorkri One-Stop Centers and Business Workforce Center to work cooperatively to connect economically disadvantaged adults with educational, training, and employment services.
" Designated as a community partner by the RI Department of Economic Development on Broadband Adoption (computer literacy) programming for inner city residents.
" Established a 25 member Business Advisory Council that assists in developing the training curriculum related to the skills gap and the emerging new economy and assist in identifying employment opportunities for OIC trainees.
" Provided BPI certification training to 14 Black and Latino businesses qualifying them to bid on weatherization projects in conjunction with Building Futures and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.
" Established an Urban Policy Center in collaboration with the RI Office of Higher Education and the Inner City (ICIC) a think and do research and planning activity connecting critical urban needs into policy and program formulation.
" Developed a Memorandum of Understanding with Roger Williams University to provide adult certified training in the skills gap that exists
" Initiated the Development of the Providence Chamber of Commerces Knowledge Economy Diversity Inclusion Action Plan to incorporate the emerging demographics into the action plan.
" Developing a pilot demonstration program with Craig Stenning, Director of BHDDH and Amos House, to provide substance abuse and mental health services in support of training and employment for the underserved populations Women, Ex-Offenders, and Veterans.
" Established a working relationship with the New England Institute of Technology training programs in shipbuilding, welding, and advanced manufacturing for OIC client referral by placing 18 OIC enrollees into their program.
" Plans underway to offer two industry certification program in partnership with Roger Williams University in Medical Interpretation, Medical Assistant, and EMT.
" Important seed funding has been provided by the Providence Journal, the RI Foundation, the RI Commodores, the Sharpe Foundation, and the Murray Foundation.
" Formative planning discussions with Building Futures, the AFL-CIO, the Welcome Back Center, Stepping Up, Man Up, and Progresso Latino are underway with the objective of establishing program collaboration.
" The major challenge going forward is sustainability. Program and fund development strategies are central to the organizations Strategic Plan.
" An OIC Take Off informational reception is planned for September 25th at the Providence Career & Technical Academy to celebrate the successful re-birth of the organization and to present our future plans and share the real challenges.
We are pleased with the progress to date however faced with the ongoing challenge related to organizational sustainability and meeting the pressing needs related to joblessness and a living wage. We view the challenge as an opportunity to engage the broad community in the important work ahead. The most major challenge facing the community is the 41% unemployment rate for minorities in the 18-24 year old category. This cannot be left unattended.