Consuello “Connie” Harper Founder/President/CEO

“We Help Ourselves”

The founder of CAOIC established seven objectives which have served as its guiding light in expanding the program.  These objectives embody the mission of equipping untrained, unemployed, and/or underemployed men and women in Central Alabama with the skills to become fully productive members of their communities.  With this training they can realize the value of discipline, self-pride, self-confidence, and their own value to their fellowman.


The founder of OIC established seven objectives which have served as its guiding light in expanding the program. They are:

  1. To train and retrain millions of men and women with untapped talents and unknown skills, who are unemployed and underemployed.
  2. To involve the total community in the awareness of the value of preparation, thereby stimulating and inspiring individuals to seek higher levels of productivity, creativity, and achievement.
  3. To develop among our trainees and associates a sense of increased economic security.
  4. To foster and nurture a sense of self-pride which will give the trainee confidence in himself and enable him to participate with dignity in the total society.
  5. To stimulate loyalty and pride in the community … a sense of brotherhood involving all religious, racial, cultural, economic, political, and other groups.
  6. To adapt the training programs to meet the challenge of changing technological advances and current business needs.
  7. To develop an awareness of man’s relationship and responsibilities to his fellowman, along with the ability to act in a constructive manner in the community, and the world. Hence, Central Alabama Opportunities Industrialization Center will seek to develop the “whole person.”