Do you want to help your children learn and succeed in school? Become a better teacher and role model for your kids? Learn useful skills as a family? If so, OIC’s innovative family literacy programs can help you advance your own academic goals while you help your children get a better education.
We offer Family Education classes at sites throughout Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Hours and days vary. Support services including transportation, child care, and incentives are available to participating families.
SPOTLIGHT ON ANN INGRASSIA Ann’s story is a familiar one. Pregnant at 16, she dropped out of school. Embarrassed to return after the birth of her child, she lived with her mother, collected welfare, and raised her son. “I had no motivation to get an education,” she said.
When her mother died, Ann moved to Harrisburg where she applied for welfare and found a job at Wal-Mart. Three-and-a-half years later she lost that job because of child care problems with her youngest son.
At age 38 Ann began collecting unemployment and decided it was time to go back to school. She’d heard about OIC from a friend and decided to attend our orientation program. She enrolled in our Family Education Program so she could bring her two-year-old son with her. He attends a child enrichment program while Ann attends classes.
Ann says OIC is helping her stay motivated. She receives free transportation to and from school, as well as education for her children. Her son is in preschool activities. While he learns about objects and colors, Ann learns about children’s health, exercise, and nutrition, in addition to studying for her GED. She’s interested in becoming a nurse and is considering OIC’s new Nurse Assistant program for Spanish-speaking students.
“I would recommend OIC to anybody,” she said. “All you have to do is take advantage of the program, so you can get what you want. I didn’t think it was going to be this good!”