Central Alabama Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) provides recruitment, counseling, basic education, GED preparation, skills training, early childhood development care, affordable housing, job placement, follow up and other necessary services to economically disadvantaged individuals who are unemployed, underemployed, unskilled and/or semi-skilled.

Description of Exemplary EEO Support Programs:

OIC developed a successful partnership with the Alabama Department of Transportation to provide on-the-job training, supportive services, recruitment, pre-employment training, job placement and post-employment assistance to disadvantaged women, minorities and others. The on-the-job program was designed specifically for disadvantaged individuals interested in the highway construction trades. Pre-employment training classes were located in Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile. There were ten classes, each with ten participants. These classes met six hours per day five days per week.

The first training cycle proved very successful, achieving the following: Over 100 participants trained and 62% of the trainees were places upon completion.