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Pathway Home – A Second Chance Program

Tri-County OIC, Pathway Home program aims to build a bridge between pre-release and post-release services for individuals transitioning back into the Harrisburg community. 

Tri-County will assist in guiding individuals housed in Dauphin County Prison, Camp Hill SCI, Phoenixville SCI, Chester County SCI, and local correction facilities transition from pre-release to post-release as they return to the Harrisburg community.

Individuals, who are within 20-180 days of returning to the Harrisburg area will be assigned an OIC case manager. The case manager will provide supportive services as well as counseling to guide the program participant from pre-release to post-release life. Pathway Home offers services  such as continuous case management, educational achievement, vocational training, employment assistance employment placement, community referrals and financial award for milestone achievements.

The Tri-County OIC Pathway Home is funded by OIC of America through a grant from the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

For more information about the Pathway program contact Christina Johnson, Program Supervisor at

Students Received Direct Care Worker Certificates

Congratulations to (pictured left to right) Memouna Karambiri, Diana del Valle, Wezenet Mehbrahtu, and Ines Nares who recently received their Direct Care Worker certificates of training from the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). Also pictured is Alexis Vang, ESL Instructor.

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, CILCP conducted on-site Direct Care Service Training at Tri-County OIC, 500 Maclay Street, Harrisburg, PA. Nathan Taraska, Training Specialist for CILCP, along with his team, conducted a 5-hour training. During the training session students learned the fundamental concepts needed to become an entry level direct care service worker. The students were eager to participate in the direct care worker training in which they learned about the ins and outs of providing care service for homebound residents who are unable to perform routine daily activities of living without assistance.

CICLP staff made the students welcome by offering training in a small comfortable environment. They also provided a lite breakfast and delicious sandwich from Jimmy John’s for lunch. In addition to the great food, all the training materials and study resources were provided.

At the end of the training session, the students participated in a Q&A session. During the Q&A session, other CICLP employees, including direct care workers (one of whom was a former OIC GED graduate) employed for service agencies gave insight to what it meant to be a direct care worker and what the work involved.

The following day, the students’ teacher, Alexis Vang, practiced mock interviews, prior to attending a Direct Care Worker hiring event at OIC. What an experience! Everyone agrees that the training was a great success.

At OIC, we provide new opportunities for clients of diverse backgrounds. We take measures to prepare our students for higher education and the workforce.

Through our offered educational programs, training, and hiring events, we provide a streamlined pathway that prepares our clients for success. Our students with language barriers are supported through our ESL classes, before sending them through training to enter the workforce.

We believe in supporting these students as they reach their goals to improve their English language use and overcome their fears. 

If you are interested in the next Direct Care Worker training at OIC contact Alexis Vang at

Opportunities in Careers

Opportunities in Careers is a Virtual Information Session featuring employers from the Greater Harrisburg area.

These webinars will be held the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p. m.—1:00 p.m.

We meet remotely on ZOOM

Meeting ID: 882 4721 0090
Passcode: 815834

Every month we launch a new webinar designed to give our students, relatives, friends and community employment information from employers who are looking to hire qualified people.

For more information contact:

Alfred Sloan
Employment Specialist
717.238.7318 x 124


Date: Thursday, JULY 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 500 Maclay St. Harrisburg, PA 17110

Cost: FREE

Tri County OIC is committed to helping diversity-minded employers identify and hire the most qualified candidates, regardless of their race, ethnicity, and religion. As the workforce is becoming increasingly global and diverse, we are using technology to connect candidates to great organizations and important work.


Looking for work? Looking to hire?

Looking for a new job, register today and access the company list and available jobs. The day of the event job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with hiring managers and recruiters. Cut through the endless resume submissions and the drawn-out waiting periods by bringing top employers, franchisors, and educational institutions directly to you.

Our goal is to give employers and prospective employees throughout the region a chance to meet, discuss job opportunities and find employment.  Job seekers are encouraged to attend and there is no cost in doing so.  We are currently recruiting dozens of employers from various fields to exhibit at this hiring event.  Are you an employer looking to hire, register above.  If you are a job-seeker and are interested in attending, please consider filling out the OPTIONAL registration, however walk-ins are always welcome.

This Career Fair will allow you to discover who is hiring and what they are looking for. Sending your resume every day and not getting a response can be very tiresome. Dress professional and give your best first impression at this career fair. You could be the next Best Hire.

For more information contact:

Christina Johnson
SOAR Program Manager
717.238.7318 x 133

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w/ Christina Johnson and Alexis Vang 


Adult Learning Center Opened in Early July

The Adult Learning Center opened to onsite students in early July. Matt Lyter from Tri-County OIC is the facilitator for the classes held in the Boyd Building. He writes:

Greetings from the Adult Learning Center here at the Boyd Building! We are excited to share an update with you about what is happening here! In the age of COVID-19, we have had to make many adjustments to fit the times. All the changes are exciting, though! Most of our students and volunteers are doing a terrific job of teaching and learning in Zoom sessions. Monday through Wednesday, eight classes are running online to help students at various levels with many different subjects. All of this is for students to complete their high school equivalencies. For the smaller number of students who prefer to learn in person, the Adult Learning Center at Pine Street is currently running classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at two different levels. While students and teachers are not physically close to each other during this time, the goal of finishing their high school objective is close to students’ hearts!

Would you like to help? The Adult Learning Center is seeking volunteers for in-person classes on Math and Science for the Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes in the Boyd Building. All the planning on what to teach is done, but we need your help to reach out to the students. If you are interested, please contact Matt at or 717-805-0406. Why not come join us?


Tri-County OIC is a community-based, non-profit, Federal, State, local, foundation and supporter funded organization, which is part of a greater nationwide alliance of OIC’s. 


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