Programs
Whether you want to earn a GED® or an adult diploma, improve your basic reading, writing, English language, or math skills, or learn more about effective parenting, you’re sure to find a Tri-County OIC program that can help.

Adult Basic Education

BASIC SKILLS IMPROVEMENT   Do you want to improve your skills in reading, writing, or math? Can you enroll in daytime, evening, or Saturday classes to achieve your education or work-related goals? Do you need to prepare for the GED exam? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Tri-County OIC’s Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation Programs can help you reach your goals.

HOW DOES OIC’S ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM MEET MY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS?   When you enroll in OIC’s adult education program, we’ll assess your skill levels and place you on the appropriate learning track. OIC teachers work with you to develop an Individualized Education Plan that is tailored to your needs. This plan will guide your instructional activities while you are at OIC.

HOW DOES ADULT BASIC EDUCATION DIFFER FROM GED TEST PREPARATION?   Adult Basic Education (ABE) is for students who want to improve basic reading, writing, mathematics, or life skills. General Education Development (GED) test preparation is designed to help students who have dropped out of high school complete the tests leading to an equivalency diploma.

WHAT CLASSES ARE OFFERED?   The OIC Core Curriculum features:
• reading and writing skills;
• grammar and punctuation;
• vocabulary development;
• communication skills;
• math and science;
• literature and social studies; and
• career exploration.

HOW ARE CLASSES CONDUCTED?   Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of teaching styles, including:
• classroom instruction;
• individualized study;
• small group learning;
• distance learning;
• blended computer workshops;
• team teaching; and
• independent study.

WHERE ARE CLASSES OFFERED?   Classes are currently offered in Harrisburg, New Cumberland, Camp Hill, Lewisberry, Hershey, Steelton, and Middletown.

DOES OIC OFFER EVENING CLASSES?   We offer afternoon, evening, and weekend classes in Adult Basic Education. Classes are held at our main campus building at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg. We offer satellite classes at various sites in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, and York counties. Some satellite classes are held in public housing developments, libraries, public school buildings, hospitals, senior centers, and at employee work sites. All class sites offer both group and individualized instruction. Computer-assisted instruction is available at some sites.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Adult Beginning Readers

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Adult Diploma Program

A SECOND CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT!   Have you always wanted to complete your high school education? Do you need a high school diploma to move ahead in life? Will obtaining your high school diploma make you a better role model for your family and friends? If you answered YES to any of these questions, OIC’s Adult Diploma Program may be right for you.

WHAT IS THE ADULT DIPLOMA PROGRAM?   The Adult Diploma Program is a partnership between Tri-County OIC and the Harrisburg School District. The program uses an independent learning curriculum that leads to a Harrisburg School District diploma. Students must show their understanding of basic foundation skills in reading, writing and math and then apply these skills to real-life learning tasks called Life Skills.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?   Anyone who previously attended the Harrisburg School District, or who currently lives in the Harrisburg School District, and is at least 19 years old is eligible. (Students cannot be currently enrolled in a Harrisburg School District program.) Students must also demonstrate a basic understanding of reading and math as measured by the Test for Adult Basic Education. (Refresher classes in reading and math are offered free of charge.)

WHAT WILL I LEARN?   Students will demonstrate their understanding of Life Skills in seven areas:
• Community Resources;
• Occupational Knowledge;
• Government, Law and Citizenship;
• Global Studies;
• Science and Technology;
• Consumer Economics; and
• Health and Self Awareness.

HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?   Students work at their own pace to complete the Life Skills curriculum workbook, meeting regularly with assessors to review their progress. Completion time varies by student.

WHERE IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?   At Tri-County OIC’s main office at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   To begin the enrollment process, fill out an application. After we receive your completed application, we’ll notify you of the next orientation session.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Los Ayudantes de Enfermera

CALIDAD QUE SE ENTRENA PARA CUIDADO DE CALIDAD   ¿Tiene Ud. problemas para encontrar y mantener buenas asistentes de enfermera? ¿Están escalando las exigencias de los residentes mientras van bajando los niveles de las aptitudes de los empleados? ¿Es su entrada baja pero el volumen de personas alto? Si Ud. ha contestado SI a alguna de estas preguntas, el programa de asistente de enfermeras del OIC/Institute for Caregivers Education puede ser su solución.

¿QUÉ HACEMOS?   Nosotros preparamos a los estudiantes que están listos para trabajar como asistentes de enfermera en la industria de salubridad de asistancia médicas de cuidado de tiempo extendido.

¿CUÁLES SON LOS RESULTADOS?   Los resultados de entrenamiento de asistente de enfermera incluyen:
• una alta retentión de trabajo;
• una mejor relación entre el empleado y el empleador;
• un mejor cuidado al paciente; y
• una mejor calidad de servicio.

¿CUÁLES SON LAS METAS DEL PROGRAMA DE ASISTENTE DE ENFERMERA?
• Procurar un gran número de asistentes de enfermera competentes para la industria del cuidado de tiempo extendido;
• Para transferir a las personas con asistencia social a trabajos más significativos en donde puedan tener oportunidades para avanzar y crecer como persona;
• Para implementar un programa comprensivo con actividades educativas de vocación y actividades de seguimiento que dirigirán desde las barreras hasta los triunfos de los estudiantes;
• Para mejorar la selección actual de la facilidad y la orientación de asistente de enfermeras;
• Para suministrar un sistema efectivo de servicios de apoyo en cual facilitará la adaptación del participante al mundo de trabajo y aumentará sus chances de triunfar a través del entrenamiento y empleo inicial;
• Para mejorar el porcentaje de retención de asistentes de enfermeras dándoles conocimiento más comprensivo de la industria y trabajo de cuidado de periodos extendido; y
• Para mejorar la calidad del cuidado del paciente.

¿CÓMO LO HACEMOS?   A través de nuestro programa ayudamos a mejorar las aptitudes acad»micas y functionales del potencial de ser personal de delantera:
• reclutamiento, selección, evaluación;
• mejoramiento académico;
• entrenamiento del conocimiento de la vida y disposición de trabajo;
• actuación de clarificación de valores;
• entrenamiento de prevención de abuso;
• trabajo en equipo;
• resolución de problemas y pensamiento crítico;
• entrenamiento pre-clínico (32 horas);
• entrenamiento de asistente de enfermera aprobado por el estado;
• entrenamiento de prevención de abuso y sensibilidad;
• actividades de colocación de trabajo.
El programa también hace referencia en barreras antes de empezar el empleo creado por problemas con el cuidado de niños, transporte, administración del tiempo, la administración del dinero, tener la noción de la forma en como pensar y habilidades de comunicación.

¿CUÁNTO CUESTA?   El costo del programa depende del número de las horas clínicas ofrecidas. El costo del programa cubre:
• entrenamiento pre-clínico;
• entrenamiento clínico;
• apoyo despu»s de obtener el trabajo.

¿QUIERE OBTENER MÁS INFORMACIÓN?   Contacte al OIC al 238-7318 o al info@tricountyoic.org.

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Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council

WHAT DO WE DO?   We provide Individualized Instruction for adults who have busy schedules and think they don’t have the time to learn because they work nights, weekends, doubles or shifts. We also support adults who may learn better in small groups or with a tutor. At the Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council, we can schedule your instruction when you are ready to learn.

HOW DO WE DO IT?   Everyone learns in different ways and has different interests. At the Literacy Council, we develop individualized instruction by finding out how you learn best and what you want to learn. We schedule your learning time when you are available.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION?   Individualized Instruction is open to adults who are:
• eligible for adult education services (Family Education, ESL, ABE, GED®, Adult Diploma Program);
• seeking employment; and
• able to set long-term goals and work toward them one step at a time.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION PROGRAM?   Our goals are simple:
• To give busy adults a chance to learn when they are able;
• To offer instruction at a person’s own pace;
• To teach busy adults to improve their reading, math, spelling, writing, or reading comprehension; and
• To help busy adults work and improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

WHEN AND WHERE DO CLASSES MEET?   The Literacy Council offers Individualized Instruction seven days a week in our main office at 225 Hummel Avenue (rear) in Lemoyne. Individualized Instruction is available only by appointment.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   Begin by asking yourself, “Can I plan one hour in the next three days to dedicate to my educational goals?” If your answer is YES, then call the Literacy Council directly at 763-7522 or contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Container Gardening Workshops

GOOD THINGS GROW IN SMALL SPACES   Do you like gardening but never seem to have enough space? Want to learn what vegetables and plants grow well in pots? Are you looking for a fun family activity for yourself and your children? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Tri-County OIC’s Container Gardening Workshops may be right for you.

WHAT IS CONTAINER GARDENING?   Container gardening is a way to bring living things to small spaces. Using pots to grow plants helps to make your living space beautiful.

WHAT WILL WE DO IN CONTRAINER GARDENING WORKSHOPS?   First, you and your children will have fun learning about the many vegetables and plants that grow well in pots and containers. Next, you’ll learn how to plant and care for your containers all year long. Finally, you’ll enjoy and share the beautiful plants and delicious vegetables that you grow in your containers.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE FOR A GARDEN?   The beauty of container gardening is that it allows you to have a garden anywhere. Your container garden can be as simple as one pot, or as large as several pots of different shapes and sizes.

IF I MOVE, DO I HAVE TO LEAVE MY GARDEN BEHIND?   No, you can take your plants with you when you move. And you can move your garden from place to place within your own home or apartment.

HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PLANT A CONTAINER GARDEN?   Children as young as three can participate in container gardening. With the help of an adult, they can put the soil in the pot and plant the seeds. They can water their garden and watch it grow. Container gardening teaches patience and responsibility, and it rewards them with a beautiful living plant.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A CONTAINER GARDENING WORKSHOP?   You don’t have to be a student at OIC. We invite everyone to participate in the OIC’s Container Gardening Workshops!

DO I HAVE TO BRING ANYTHING TO THE WORKSHOP?   All you need to bring is yourself! OIC will provide containers, soil, seeds, and instruction. Just come and enjoy a great afternoon.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Distance Education

WHAT IS DISTANCE EDUCATION?   Distance Education is a way for students to learn from home or anywhere you have computer access. You can choose your course of study, and you can choose where and when you study. If you qualify, you can select any one of these distance education courses:
GED Online/GED Connections   Web-based GED test preparation programs designed to help you pass the five GED subject areas.
Madison Heights
  A family literacy program that uses videos and workbooks to teach distance learners the skills they need to become active participants in their children’s early education.
Workplace Essential Skills   A textbook and video series that helps you learn the basic skills needed to succeed on the job.

Other Distance Education courses are also available to meet your needs.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION?   Any enrolled OIC student is eligible for Distance Education. All students must complete an application and assessment. GED Online students must be reading at the eighth-grade level or higher. The Madison Heights program requires that students be enrolled in OIC’s Family Education program.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THE DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES?   GED Online/GED Connections prepare you to take and pass the high school examination in the areas of writing, social studies, science, literature, and mathematics. Workplace Essential Skills focuses on getting and keeping a job, communication on the job, writing on the job, reading on the job, and math on the job. Madison Heights is ideal for homebound learners who want to learn more about family literacy. Topics include parent/child activities, problem-solving skills, language development, basic math, parenting skills, and understanding your role as your child’s first teacher.

HOW DOES DISTANCE EDUCATION WORK?   You’ll work outside the classroom at a location of your choice. You decide where and when to study-at home, at a local library or learning center. Friendly, experienced online instructors are available to guide you through your course. You can choose from a variety of learning methods—video, internet, and/or workbook instruction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Educación de Adultos

DESARROLLO DE LAS DESTREZAS BÁSICAS   Cuando Ud. se matricule en el programa de educación de adultos del OIC, nosotros le daremos un examen para saber su nivel de aprendizaje. Los maestros del OIC trabajan con Ud. para desarollar un plan de educación individualizado que es diseñado de acuerdo a sus necesidades. Este plan guiará sus actividades de aprendizaje mientras Ud. esté en el OIC.

BASIC EDUCATION AND GED PREPARATION ARE DIFFERENT   La educación básica (ABE) es para estudiantes que quieren mejorar su lectura, escritura, y matemáticas básicas o aptitudes de la vida cotidiana. Las clases de preparación para el examen del desarrollo de educación general (GED®) son diseñadas para ayudar a los estudiantes que dejaron de asistir la secundaria a completar una serie de exámenes para obtener un diploma equivalente.

COURSE OFFERINGS   Las características del programa de enseñanza del OIC son:
• destrezas de lectura y escritura;
• gramática y puntuación;
• desarrollo de vocabulario;
• aptitudes de comunicación;
• matemáticas y ciencias;
• literatura y estudios sociales; y
• prospección de carreras y clases de computación.

Los estudiantes están expuestos a una gama extensa de estilos de enseñanza incluyendo:
• enseñanza en el salón de clase;
• estudios individualizados;
• educación a distancia;
• aprendizaje en grupos pequeños;
• talleres supervisados de computadora;
• la instrucción en equipo; y
• aprendizaje independiente.

Las clases se ofrecen actualmente en Harrisburg, New Cumberland, Camp Hill, Hershey, Lewisberry, Steelton, y Middletown. El Tri-County OIC ofrece clases de educación básica de adulto en la tarde, noche, y fines de semana. Las clases son ofrecidas en nuestro edificio principal, en calle 500 Maclay en Harrisburg. El OIC ofrece clases en establecimientos en los condados de Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, y York. Algunas clases se efectúan en edificios de ayuda social, bibliotecas, escuelas publicas, hospitals, centros para personas de tercera edad, y en compañas. Se ofrecen clases tanto en grupo como individualizadas en todos los establecimientos. En algunos establecimientos ofrecemos el uso de computadoras durante las clases.

PARA MAYOR INFORMACIÓN   Contacte al OIC al 238-7318 o al info@tricountyoic.org.

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Educación para la Familia

APRENDIENDO Y CRECIENDO JUNTOS   ¿Quiere Ud. que sus hijos aprendan y triunfen en la escuela? ¿Le gustarÃa ser un mejor maestro y ejemplo para sus hijos? ¿Quiere Ud. aprender habilidades útiles en familia? Si Ud. ha contestado SI a alguna de estas preguntas, el Programa Educativo para la Familia del Tri-County OIC puede ayudar a su familia llegar a sus meta educativas.

¿QUÉ HACEMOS?   Nosotros ayudamos a los padres convertirse en mejores maestros y ejemplos para sus hijos de pre-escolar y primaria. Nosotros suministratamos una educación estructurada de crecimiento y apropiada para la edad y actividades para niños y padres en un atmósfera seguro usando un acercamiento completo que prepare a los niños para la escuela y adultos para el mundo del empleo.

¿CÓMO LO HACEMOS?   La educación familiar trabaja suministrando:
• clases de educación para adultos (preparación para el examen de GED®, computación disposición del empleo);
• clases de educación para la niñez temprana; y
• educación.

¿QUIÉNES SO ELEGIBLES PARA LA EDUCACIÓN FAMILIAR?   El programa de educación para la familia está abierta para familias con hijos hasta los siete años y adultos que son elegibles para lo servicios de educación de adultos (ABE/GED) y/o adultos que están buscando empleo.

¿ADÓNDE Y CUÁNDO SON LAS CLASES?   Las clases de educación para la familia son ofredicas en la mañana, tarde y noche en distintas establecimientos en los condados de Dauphin y Cumberland. Las clases se efectúan tres o cuatro días de la semana, hasta tres horas diarias. Hay transporte y cuidado de niños disponible en la mayoría de los establecimientos.

¿CUALES SON LAS METAS DEL PROGRAMA E EDUCACIÓN PARA LA FAMILIA?   Nuestras metas son simples:
• Preparar a los niños para que triunfen en la escuela;
• Hacer que los padres sean el primer y más importante maestro de sus hijos;
• Ayudar a los padres llegar a sus propias metas académicas y relacionadas al trabajo;
• Enseñar a los padres como ser defensores efectivos de sus hijos; y
• Transferir a las familias hacia una independencia económica.

¿CÓMO PUEDE OBTENER MÁS INFORMACIÓN?   Contáctenos al 238-7318 o al info@tricountyoic.org.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH   OIC offers ESL classes to students whose native language is not English. ESL classes are designed to help students better understand the basic structure of the English language. Teachers will help students speak, listen, and write in English. Our ESL classes are contextualized. They are designed to meet the needs of our learners in their everyday lives. What students learn in class can be applied immediately. Classes are held at several locations in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Small group, one-on-one, and distance learning instruction are available.

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Family Education

LEARNING AND GROWING TOGETHER   Do you want your children to learn and succeed in school? Would you like to become a better teacher and role model for your children? Do you want to learn useful skills as a family? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Tri-County OIC’s Family Education Program can help your family reach its education goals.

WHAT DO WE DO?   We help parents become teachers and role models for their preschool and school-age children. We provide structured, age-appropriate learning and growing activities for children and parents in a safe environment using a holistic approach that prepares children for school and adults for the world of work.

HOW DO WE DO IT?   Family Education works by providing:
• adult education classes (GED® test preparation, computer literacy, job readiness);
• early childhood education classes;
• interactive literacy activities;
• parent education classes; and
• work readiness classes.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FAMILY EDUCATION?   The Family Education program is open to:
• families with children up to age seven; and
• adults who are eligible for adult education services (ABE, ESL, GED) and/or adults who are seeking employment.

WHERE AND WHEN DO CLASSES MEET?   Family Education classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening at several sites in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Classes run three or four days a week, up to three hours each day. Free transportation and child care are available at most class sites.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM?   Our goals are simple:
• To prepare children for success in school;
• To make parents their children’s first and most important teacher;
• To help parents reach their own academic and work-related goals;
• To teach parents how to become effective advocates for their children; and
• To move families toward economic self-sufficiency.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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GED® Testing Center

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO SUCCESS?   OIC’s GED Testing Center is located on the first floor of the OIC’s Adult Learning Center at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg. The OIC Adult Learning Center is one block from the Sixth Street Capital Area Transit bus line and four blocks east of The Governor’s Residence.

HOW CAN OIC’S GED TESTING CENTER STAFF MEET MY NEEDS?   OIC’s professional GED staff will help you plan your testing schedule, suggest appropriate adult and/or continuing education training and notify you promptly of your test results. Our GED staff is also trained to assist you with any special accommodations that you may need.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GED TESTING?   Unless you meet additional requirements, you must be 18 years or older to take the GED test. The five general testing areas are Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Reading, and Mathematics. All tests are timed and most are multiple-choice. Successful candidates need an average of 450 points per test or better to pass the GED. No individual score can be below 410 points. You must register for testing at least two days before taking the test to guarantee a seat. Walk-ins will be accepted if seats are available. All payments are due prior to testing.

NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE TESTING ROOM. You will be required to store your handbags, coats, and other loose items in a secure area in the testing room.

HOW DO I QUALIFY TO TAKE THE GED?   To qualify to take the GED, you must be 18 years of age and:
• a resident of Pennsylvania;
• neither a high school graduate nor holder of a high school diploma or equivalency certificate;
• not enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited, or licensed nonpublic secondary school;
• able to provide necessary documentation to prove your identity.

An applicant between 16 and 18 may take the GED if they have:
• a court order;
• a letter from an employer stating that you must pass the GED tests in order to gain or maintain employment;
• a letter from a college or post-secondary training institution stating that passing GED test scores are required for enrollment
• a letter from a branch of the Armed Services stating that passing GED test scores are necessary for induction; or
• a letter requesting GED scores from the director of a state institution in which you are a resident, patient, or inmate.

HOW CAN I REGISTER?   To register for GED testing, contact OIC at 238-7318 or email info@tricountyoic.org. You can download the registration forms. The cost of testing is $50 for the full battery of five tests ($10 per subtest). Examinees are charged the same rate for retesting. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to take a maximum of four tests in a day, two in the morning session and two in the evening session. After you complete the registration forms and pay the GED testing fee, we’ll notify you of your testing date. (Call OIC for the current testing fee and accepted payment methods.)

WHO CAN I CALL FOR HELP?   If you need help preparing for the GED test or want to take a practice test before registering for the official test, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RETEST?   Applicants who do not pass each test may retest. An applicant can only test three times a year because there are only three different forms of the test. The Chief Examiner will determine the frequency of testing and retesting.

GED ACCOMMODATIONS   If you have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities that would negatively affect your ability to take the GED, you may request special accommodations. Each request is considered on an individual basis, and the chief examiner at the GED test site can provide you with the proper forms. Forms are available from GED examiners and must be completed by the appropriate professional, a physician, or licensed psychologist.

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Homework Helper

MAKING HOMEWORK FUN AND REWARDING   Homework Helper provides after-school instruction and tutoring support for school-age children in a fun and safe environment. We use computers, audiovisual materials and programmed learning to help your children understand their school lessons. Homework Helper will help your children stay at the right grade and academic growth level for their developmental stage. As a part of Homework Helper, parents also can receive help on creating a good learning environment at home.

HOW DO WE DO IT?   OIC provides everything your children need to help them with their school work: age- and level-appropriate learning materials, books, worksheets, review lessons, and computer software. Trained, experienced teachers, tutors, and volunteers will work with your children one-on-one and in small groups. OIC provides a structured, pressure-free, self-paced and fun study environment that encourages learning and rewards success. We work with parents to help them learn what they can do to help their children do well in school.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOMEWORK HELPER?   Homework Helper is open to neighborhood children in grades 1 through 5, and their parents or guardian. Space is limited to 15 children per session.

WHERE AND WHEN ARE HOMEWORK HELPER CLASSES HELD?   The OIC Homework Helper program is held at the OIC building located at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg. Homework Helper sessions are held one day a week for 90 minutes. Days and times vary, so call us to find out days and times for the months that your children will be attending.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Language-Supported Adult Education

BASIC SKILLS IMPROVEMENT   Do you want to improve your skills in reading, writing, math, but English has been your barrier to success? Can you enroll in classes to achieve your goals? Do you need to prepare for the GED® exam? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Tri-County OIC’s Language-Supported Adult Basic Education, and GED Preparation Programs can help you reach your goals.

HOW DOES OIC’S ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM MEET MY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS?   Upon enrollment in the adult education program, students are assessed and placed in the appropriate learning track. Bilingual teachers work with you to develop Individualized Education Plan. This personalized plan will guide your instructional activities while you are at OIC.

HOW DOES ADULT BASIC EDUCATION DIFFER FROM GED TEST PREPARATION?   Adult Basic Education (ABE) is for students who want to improve their basic reading, writing, mathematics, or life skills. General Education Development (GED) test preparation classes are designed to help students who have dropped out of high school complete the series of tests leading to an equivalency diploma.

WHAT CLASSES ARE OFFERED?   The OIC Core Curriculum features:
• reading and writing skills;
• grammar and punctuation;
• vocabulary development;
• communication skills;
• math and science;
• literature and social studies; and
• career exploration and computer literacy.

HOW ARE CLASSES CONDUCTED?   Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of teaching styles, including:
• classroom instruction;
• individualized study;
• small group learning;
• distance learning;
• supervised computer workshops;
• team teaching; and
• independent study.

ARE CLASSES IN SPANISH?   Classes are not taught in Spanish. They are taught by teachers who speak Spanish to provide you with the assistance you need. Teachers can help translate material and can answer questions in Spanish.

DO I NEED TO KNOW ENGLISH TO TAKE THE CLASSES?   You do need to know enough English to be able to understand the learning materials. Our teachers will help you determine what you need to know to be prepared for these classes.

CAN I TAKE THE GED TEST IN SPANISH?   There are GED tests available in Spanish and English. Your teacher will help you prepare for the test you want to take.

WHAT DO I NEED TO REGISTER?   To register, you need a valid form of state-issued identification and a valid picture ID. This can be a driver’s license; a social security card accompanied by a picture ID; work visa and a picture ID; or passport.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Learning Opportunities Center

OIC’s Learning Opportunities Center (LOC) is a state-of-the-art computer learning lab where you can upgrade your skills in reading, writing, and math with a self-paced, individualized program of study using computers.

WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO AT THE CENTER?   The Learning Opportunities Center can help students:
• prepare to take the GED high school equivalency test;
• study for and pass the written portion of the standard Pennsylvania driver’s license and the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) examinations;
• improve basic life skills;
• upgrade their basic reading, writing, and math skills;
• improve their employability skills;
• learn functional skills such as parenting, job search, and consumer economics;
• learn keyboarding skills, data base management, computer literacy, and spreadsheet applications; and
• prepare for the ACT and SAT examinations.

HOW CAN THE CENTER MEET MY INDIVIDUAL NEEDS?   OIC’s Learning Opportunities Center offers effective, learner-centered academic instruction using print-based, computer-assisted instruction, audio, visual, and CD-ROM technologies. Students choose the instructional medium in which they learn best and work at their own pace. A professional facilitator is available to guide learners through their instructional competencies.

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS?   These computer-based programs, along with many others, are available for your use in the Learning Center:
• Word Processing
• ACT/SAT Test Preparation
• Keyboarding
• Résumé Writing
• Basic Skills Review

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org..

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Nurse Assistant Program

QUALITY TRAINING FOR QUALITY CAREGIVERS   Do you have trouble finding and keeping good nurse assistants? Are residents’ demands increasing while employee skill levels are declining? Is your bottom line low but turnover high? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the OIC/Institute for Caregivers Education may be your solution.

WHAT DO WE DO?   We prepare job-ready students to work as nurse assistants in the long-term care health industry.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE PROGRAM?   Outcomes of OIC’s nurse assistant training include:
• high job-retention rate;
• better employee-employer relations;
• improved patient care; and
• improved quality of service.

WHAT ARE THE NURSE ASSISTANT PROGRAM GOALS?
• To provide greater numbers of competent nurse assistants for the regions long-term care industry
• To move individuals from the welfare rolls into meaningful employment where they will have opportunities for advancement and personal growth
• To implement a comprehensive program of educational, vocational, and follow-up activities which will address the barriers to student success
• To enhance facilities’ current screening and orientation of nurse assistants
• To provide an effective system of support services which will ease participants’ adjustments to the world of work and maximize their chances of success throughout training and initial employment
• To improve the retention rate of nurse assistants by giving participants more comprehensive knowledge of the long-term care industry and job expectations
• To offer positive intervention activities when participants experience difficulty
• To improve the quality of patient care

HOW DO WE DO IT?   Through our program, we help improve basic academic and functional skills of potential “frontline” staff including:
• recruitment, screening & assessment;
• academic remediation;
• life skills and job readiness training;
• values clarification role-playing;
• abuse prevention training;
• team building;
• problem-solving and critical thinking;
• pre-clinical training (32 hours);
• state-approved nurse assistant training;
• abuse prevention and sensitivity training; and
• job placement activities.

We also address pre-employment barriers created by problems with child care, transportation, time management, money management, attitude awareness, and communication skills.

WHAT DOES IT COST?   Program cost depends on the number of clinical hours offered and covers:
• pre-clinical training;
• clinical training; and
• post-employment support.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Nutrition Education

MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES   Would you like to learn how to select healthy foods for yourself and your family? Do you wish you could understand food and nutrition labels? Would you like to have fun preparing and sharing meals with classmates? If you answered YES to any of these quesitons, Tri-County OIC’s Nutrition Education Classes are right for you.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?  You will learn about the New Food Pyramid and how it can help you and your family make healthy food choices. You will learn how to plan and buy the ingredients for nourishing, flavorful meals. And you will learn how to prepare the foods you select so that you get the most vitamins and minerals from each meal.

HOW DO WE DO IT?   OIC’s Nutrition Education classes are fun, casual, and relaxed, with information presented through discussions and hands-on demonstrations. Here are a few of the workshops that will help you learn about nutrition and health:
• How to Read Food Labels
• Healthy Foods vs. Unhealthy Foods
• Determining Nutritional Content
• How to Handle Foods Safely
• Cooking to Reduce Fat Content.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION CLASSES?   Any enrolled OIC student can attend our Nutrition Education workshops.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE CLASSES?
• To help you make informed choices about nutrition for yourself and your family;
• To make sure you have a good time while learning about important health issues; and
• To spend time with your classmates sharing creative ideas for healthier living.

FOR MORE INFORMATION   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Preparación para el GED®

LA LLAVE A SU FUTURO   ¿Quiere mejorar sus aptitudes matemáticas, de lectura y escritura, pero encuentra que el inglés es una barrera para poder triunfar? ¿Está disponible para matricularse en clases para llegar a sus metas? ¿Necesita Ud. preparase para el examen de GED? Si Ud. ha contestado SI a alguna de estas preguntas, el apoyo de la Educación Básica de Adultos y GED del Tri-County OIC puede ayudarlo a llegar a sus metas.

¿CÓMO PUEDE EL PROGRAMA DE EDUCACIÓN DE ADULTOS ALCANZAR MIS NECESIDADES INDIVIDUALES?   Cuando Ud. se matricule en el programa de educación de adultos del OIC, nosotros lo evaluaremos para colocarlo en el nivel apropriado. Maestros bilingues trabajan con Ud. para desarrollar un plan de educación individualizado que se diseñará según sus necesidades. Este plan sera el guía para las actividades educativas mientras Ud. esté en el OIC.

¿QUÉ DIFERENCIA TIENE LA EDUCACIÓN BÁSICA DE ADULTO CON LA PREPARACIÓN PARA EL EXAMEN DEL GE?   La educación básica para adultos (ABE) es para estudiantes que quieren mejorar su lectura escritura, matemáticas o aptitudes de la vida cotidiana. Las clases para la preparación del examen del desarrollo de la educación general (GED) son diseñadas para ayudar a los estudiantes que se hayan salido de la escuela secundaria completar la serie de ex…menes que los lleva hacia una equivalencia.

¿CUÁLES CLASES OFRECEN?   El plan de studio principal del OIC se define por: • aptitudes de lectura y escritura; • gramática y puntuación; • desarrollo del vocabulario; • matemáticas y ciencias; • literatura y estudio sociales; y • prospección de carreras y computación.

¿CÓMO CONDUCEN LAS CLASES?   Los estudiantes están expuestos a una gama extensa de estilos de enseñanza, incluyendo: • aprendizaje con todo el salon; • estudios individualizados; • aprendizaje en grupo pequeño; • talleres de computación supervisados; • enseñanza en equipo y estudios independientes.

¿LAS CLASES SON EN ESPAÑOL?   Las clases no son dictadas en español. Ellas son dictadas por maestros que hablan español para suministrarlo con la ayuda que necesita. Os maestros pueden ayudar a traducer los materials y pueden contester preguntas en español.

¿NECESITO SABER INGLÉS PARA TOMAR LAS CLASES?   Necesita saber suficientemente inglés para entender los materials de enseñanza. Nuestros maestros pueden ayudarlo a determiner lo que Ud. necesita saber para estar preparado para estas clases.

¿PUEDO TOMAR EL EXAMEN DEL GED EN ESPAÑOL?   Los ex…menes del GED están disponibles en español. Su maestro lo ayudará para prepararse para el examen que Ud. quiera tomar.

¿CÓMO PUEDO OBTENER MÁS INFORMACIÓN?   Contacte al Tri-County OIC al 238-7318 o al info@tricountyoic.org.

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Project IMPACT

TRAINING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE   Do you have a goal that takes you beyond the GED®? Are you willing to invest more time and effort to meet your work and education goals? Are you interested in citizenship or finding and using community resources? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Tri-County OIC’s Project IMPACT may be right for you.

WHAT IS PROJECT IMPACT?   Project IMPACT is an intensive, 20-hour per week adult education class that helps you identify and reach goals that take you beyond traditional GED® or English as a Second Language studies. Project IMPACT is for basic adult education students who want to move on to higher education and career training. Project IMPACT is also for the student who is being tutored individually or in a small group who wants to double the time that they spend with their tutors.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?   Any enrolled OIC student who can commit to the time required to attend IMPACT classes is eligible. We are looking for serious students who have goals that require strong basic skills and are willing to work with others in group and workshop settings to meet their goals.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?   Students who participate in Project IMPACT managed instruction will be involved in three cycles of learning:
In Cycle 1 you will increase your math and reading skills, use the goal-planning process to improve your writing skills, and attend mini-workshops to learn how to be a good student and a lifelong learner.
In Cycle 2 you will study for the GED test. At the end of Cycle 2 you will take the GED test as a group.
In Cycle 3 you will learn how to take the next step toward your goal, with training in employability, workplace, and continuing education skills.

Students who take part in the intensive ESL tutoring workshops also will be involved in three learning cycles:
In Cycle 1 ESL students and new readers will study American proverbs and idioms in order to better understand the context of daily American discourse and to practice the language style used by Americans.
In Cycle 2 you will prepare for the reading, writing, speaking, and listening portions of your citizenship interview.
In Cycle 3 you will learn to read maps, directions, graphs, and charts in order to find physical locations and important information.

HOW ARE CLASSES STRUCTURED?   Managed instruction classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Thursdays you will use the community as a classroom, taking field trips and completing competencies that require you to learn more about your neighborhood and community. Intensive ESL tutoring classes meet on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. Each three-hour workshop will be filled with learning activities designed to enhance the tutoring that you receive at the Central PA Literacy Council.

WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?   Managed instruction classes are held at the PA CareerLink Capital Region office, 349 Wiconisco Street, Harrisburg, PA. Intensive tutoring classes are held at the Tri-County OIC building located at 500 Maclay Street in Harrisburg.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   See your classroom instructor or tutor. For more information, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Project Move Up

INTENSIVE ADULT EDUCATION   Project Move Up is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Departments of Welfare and Education. Move Up is designed to help eligible TANF clients receive the basic education they need to pass the GED test and become proficient in the English language. Using a content-specific curriculum in fast-track GED and ESL, Project Move Up teaches you the skills you need to get and keep a job.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PROJECT MOVE UP?   Eligibility is determined by your local county assistance office and your local Single Point of Contact (SPOC) program. Potential students must be referred to Project Move Up by their SPOC counselor.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN PROJECT MOVE UP?   Fast-track GED students will prepare to take and pass the GED test by studying the five GED test subject areas:
• writing skills;
• social studies;
• science;
• literature; and
• mathematics.

Students who are improving their English skills will focus on these areas:
• speaking and listening;
• reading and writing;
• community concerns;
• family and school matters;
• health literacy; and
• project-based learning.

WHERE ARE PROJECT MOVE UP CLASSES HELD?   Classes are held at the First Church of the Brethren at 219 Hummel Street in Harrisburg. These classes are ideal for adult learners.

HOW ARE PROJECT MOVE UP CLASSES STRUCTURED?   Classes are held Monday through Thursday. Students work in large and small groups, and individually. Your teacher will work with you on special group projects that will take you throughout the city. You’ll have fun practicing your new English language skills.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   See your SPOC counselor to determine your eligibility. Your SPOC counselor will help you complete the testing and enrollment process. For more information, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Project Transition

MOVING TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY   Project Transition is a partnership between Tri-County OIC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Wells Foundation. The program is designed to provide classroom and distance education instruction and support services to help you move from basic academic classes to vocational training, community college, or employment. Project Transition’s three major goals are:
• to transition students from academic pre-clinical nurse aide training to vocational nurse aide training and employment in the health care industry;
• to transition students from computer literacy classes to entry level employment; and
• to transition students from basic skills remediation to credit-bearing continuing education classes.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PROJECT TRANSITION?   Any enrolled OIC student who can commit to the required 20 hours of instruction per week is eligible. Whether you want to start working your way up the health-care ladder, get ready for college, or improve your basic reading, writing, and math skills, Project Transition can help you. Classes can be designed around your schedule, and you will work closely with a mentor who will guide you through the project.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN PROJECT MOVE UP?   Project Transition will provide you with the academic support you need to become a better worker and a better student or trainee. Project Transition students participate in each of these components:
• orientation, assessment, and goal setting;
• classroom and distance education instruction;
• career awareness; and
• transition support activities.

WHERE ARE PROJECT TRANSITION CLASSES HELD?   Project Transition combines classroom instruction with distance learning to help self-motivated, independent learners achieve their goals.

HOW ARE PROJECT TRANSITION CLASSES STRUCTURED?   Classes are designed to bridge the gap between the basic skills you have and the basic skills you need to succeed in college, on the job, or in vocational training.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   For more information about Project Transition, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Reading for Life

BRINGING BOOKS TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD   Reading for Life is a partnership between Tri-County OIC, the Verizon Foundation, and the OIC BookyMobile® designed to bring the reading experience right to your doorstep. Reading for Life provides free books, magazines, instructional materials, and reading incentives to adults and children in the Greater Harrisburg area.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR READING FOR LIFE?   All adults and children in the Greater Harrisburg area can take advantage of Reading for Life resources when the BookyMobile visits their neighborhood.

HOW WILL I BENEFIT FROM READING FOR LIFE?   Reading for Life is ideal for you if you enjoy reading, if you have trouble getting books to read because of your location or transportation problems, if you need help selecting appropriate books and reading materials for your children, or if you can’t afford to buy as many books as you’d like to read. At Reading for Life we believe that everybody can be a reader. Readers are better informed, better students, better parents, better workers, and better citizens.

WHERE CAN I FIND READING FOR LIFE?   Look for the BookyMobile in your neighborhood. We’ll be going to public housing projects, senior citizens homes, community parks, neighborhood festivals, churches, shopping areas, and many other locations to bring you Reading for Life activities.

HOW DOES READING FOR LIFE WORK?   Using the BookyMobile, Reading for Life travels to neighborhoods throughout Dauphin County bringing books, magazines, and other materials to the doorsteps of eager readers. An OIC instructor will be on hand to help you select reading materials at the right level for you and members of your family. The books you select from the Reading for Life project are free, yours to keep for your own library.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?   For more information about the Reading for Life project, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org. If you’re interested in bringing the BookyMobile to your neighborhood or event, or if you would like to donate books for free distribution through the program, please contact us.

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Summer Lunch & Reading Program

HEALTHY FOOD FOR GROWING BODIES AND MINDS   This summer do you need a safe and fun place where your children can eat a nutritious meal? Do you want your children to learn about healthy eating? Do your children want to have fun over the lunch hour? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Tri-County OIC/Harrisburg School District Summer Lunch Program may be just right for you and your children.

WHAT IS THE OIC SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM?   OIC’s Summer Lunch program is 90 minutes of fun, with educational activities and fresh nutritious food for school-age children. Summer Lunch is OIC’s way of helping you be sure that your children receive a healthy meal over the summer while they are out of school. It also is our way of keeping your children active in reading, math, and writing so they are ready to learn when they return to school. Every day during Summer Lunch your children will have fun doing school-related activities such as reading, writing and arts and crafts.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUMMER LUNCH?   Anyone from age one through age 18 can attend including:
• children on summer break;
• children attending nurseries or day care programs;
• children attending church summer school; and
• children from the neighborhood.

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR SUMMER LUNCH?   Simple rules help OIC make sure that everyone is getting the nutrition they need:
• lunch must be eaten on site;
• food must stay in the lunch room;
• you must sign up for lunch the day before the next meal is served; and
• small children must be accompanied by a responsible older child or adult.

WHERE AND WHEN CAN CHILDREN GET THEIR SUMMER LUNCH MEAL?   Summer Lunch is held across the street from the OIC building in the Community Room of The Residences at Governor’s Square at 2018 North Fifth Street in Harrisburg. Meals are served from 12 to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Activities are held from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR SUMMER LUNCH MEAL?   To register for Summer Lunch, stop by Tri-County OIC, 500 Maclay Street. After you fill out a registration card for your children, they can start attending the Summer Lunch program.

WHAT IS OIC’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM?   OIC’s Summer Reading Program helps children become better readers. Summer Reading offers entertaining classes and workshops that help children have fun with reading and learning.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SUMMER READING?   Any school-age child is eligible to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?   You can participate in the Summer Reading program by attending the Summer Lunch Program. If you are not able to attend lunch, you can participate by picking up and completing a summer reading book list.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities Program

GET INVOLVED!   Would you like to make a difference for a child, parent, or adult learner? Do you have skills or knowledge that you are willing to share? Could you spend an hour a week teaching, helping someone learn, or mentoring? If so, the OIC Volunteer Opportunities Program may be the answer to matching your skills with the needs of adult learners and families.

WHAT ARE VOLUNTEERS?   Volunteers are people who give their time, talents, and knowledge to help others meet a personal objective or need.

WHERE ARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED?   Volunteers are needed at all OIC sites in a four-county area to help children, parents, senior citizens, special populations, and adults. OIC volunteers work closely with professional educators in learning centers, libraries, housing developments, and in family, senior citizen, and community centers.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?   Some of the many important functions volunteers perform are:
• tutoring adults in reading, writing, or mathematics;
• teaching computer literacy or keyboarding skills;
• helping new readers learn phonics and improve word recognition;
• fundraising and public relations;
• modeling developmentally appropriate activities for children;
• helping students prepare for the GED test;
• serving as classroom aide;
• web site development and maintenance;
• mentoring good employability skills;
• developing curriculum;
• providing skills practice activities for nursing assistant students;
• researching promising adult education practices; and
• providing clerical support and building maintenance.
Many other volunteer opportunities are available. The volunteer coordinator will work with you to match your skills and interest to the OIC program.

IS THERE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS?   Volunteers must participate in training. The volunteer coordinator will provide an overview of the OIC program, its philosophy and goals, an overview of the volunteer opportunities available, and specific training on the responsibilities of being a volunteer, and, most important, the theories of adult learning. Volunteers will be asked to view several videos and read materials that relate to their volunteer position. Volunteer training can usually be completed in four hours or less.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF OIC’S VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?
• To provide support for teachers, facilitators, and other staff in meeting the needs of our students;
• To offer opportunities for volunteers to learn and increase their knowledge and understanding of community-based organizations and adult learners;
• To provide adequate training and support for volunteers;
• To match students and volunteers in a meaningful way;
• To educate our stakeholders about the volunteer opportunities available at OIC; and
• To recognize the contributions of volunteers.

HOW DO I BECOME AN OIC VOLUNTEER?   Contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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Workplace Education

A TRAINING PARTNERSHIP   Do you have trouble finding, keeping, or advancing entry-level employees? Do your workers lack basic skills that would make them more productive? Are your training needs high but your budget low? If you answered YES to any of these questions, a Workplace Education Partnership between OIC and your business may be the solution.

WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?   We conduct a job skills assessment to determine the specific academic-related skills that can benefit your workers. Outcomes of OIC workplace education training include:
• high job retention rate;
• better employee-employer relations;
• improved work-related basic skills;
• more time-on-task;
• more production, less waste; and
• improved work-related basic skills.

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE RESULTS?
• By forming a partnership of stakeholders (workers, management, unions, and trainers)
• By conducting a needs assessment and job-task analysis
• By setting achievable goals and objectives
• By designing an employer-employee driven workplace training program
• By delivering a quality, content-specific workplace program using qualified adult educators
• By measuring program impact
• By providing feedback to all stakeholders

FOR WHOM HAVE WE PROVIDED WORKPLACE EDUCATION SERVICES?
• Highmark/Blue Shield
• Hershey Foods
• Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
• Pinnacle Health Service
• Reese Corporation
• City of Reading
• AGE Institute Holdings
• Genesis Eldercare
• Bethlehem Steel
• Chromalloy

WHAT DOES WORKPLACE EDUCATION COST?   Our basic education programs are free. Content-specific programs are provided on a fee-for-service basis.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE OIC WORKPLACE EDUCATION PROGRAM?   OIC’s Workplace Education program is designed to meet the work-related basic skills needs of incumbent workers and to develop and implement a training program that produces bottom-line results.

WHAT WORKPLACE PROGRAMS ARE MOST EFFECTIVE?
  The most effective programs have proven to be:
• team building and problem solving;
• basic mathematics;
• work-related reading comprehension;
• vocabulary development;
• change management;
• time management;
• computer literacy; and
• business writing.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?   To find out more, contact OIC at 238-7318 or info@tricountyoic.org.

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