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Tri-County OIC Staff Resources

We want to foster and support your learning and performance by providing innovative, high-quality programs, resources and services.

Staff Development

  • Official site of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Use this site to access your PDE Suite.
  • Resources for administrators, teachers/tutors, professional development portal, CCRS standards, workforce/career pathways.
  • (Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education) Web site for the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education your professional adult education organization.
  • Access the OIC Policy and Procedures HUB, Program Improvement HUB and professional development training opportunities.

Policy & Guidance Materials

Surveys & Self-Assessments

Student Case Notes

Tri-county OIC Employee Handbook

Forms

Absence Request

Use to request or document absence from work.

Volunteer Information Survey

Completed by potential volunteers.

Student Handbook

The purpose of the OIC Student Handbook is to provide information about the program services, policies and procedures that concern students of OIC. Policies concerning class participation (attendance), programs and services, assessments, scholarships and incentives, and other related matters are found in the official OIC Student Handbook (2017-2018). You can direct any questions or concerns to your teacher or school counselor.

Web-based Learning Sites

Below are links to the primary instructional websites that OIC instructors use to create a blended learning experience for students. These sites are used to provided additional academic learning support for our students and are not meant to take the place of face-to-face instruction. You can see your classroom instructor or tutor for more information on how to access and use any of these programs.

PLATO®

PLATO® has a comprehensive selection of on line course content that is aligned to the subjects that your are studying in class. Your teacher will select the content that matches your level and design a course of study just for you. You can use PLATO® at home or in school. See your teacher to get a password to log in to PLATO®.

AZTEC® Learning

AZTEC® Learning helps students who are studying to take the high school equivalency test (GED or HiSET). You can work at your own pace to gain the skills needed to pass the equivalency test. Your teacher can give you a "seat" in the AZTEC® Learning virtual classroom.

Explore Learning GIZMOS®

GIZMOS® are interactive math and science simulations for students. There are over 400 subject aligned lessons that will help you better understand basic and higher level math and science concepts. Your teacher will give you a class code to get a seat in the GIZMO® classroom.

HiSET Academy®

HiSET Academy® helps students prepare to take and pass the HiSET secondary equivalency exam. the HiSET Academy® features over 200 hours of lessons in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. You can learn at your own pace. Your teacher will assign you lessons that will help you improve basic skills knowledge. See your teacher to get a user ID and password.

GED Academy®

GED Academy® helps students prepare to take and pass the GED secondary equivalency exam. the GED Academy® features over 200 hours of lessons in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. You can learn at your own pace. Your teacher will assign you lessons that will help you improve basic skills knowledge. See your teacher to get a user ID and password.

Digital Challenger®

Digital Challenger® is a series of basic lessons designed to help emergent and ESL learners become better readers through a series of phonics lessons, vocabulary development and story themes. Students can be placed at the right level for their reading ability. Challenger® textbooks are available for students to use to encourage both computer and print based learning. Your teacher can assign a Challenger® level and course of study just for you.

WIN Learning®

WIN Learning® teaches you the skills that you need to be successful in your chosen career path. You will learn the skills that employers are seeking in entry-level workers. You can choose: Ready to Work lessons in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, or Reading for Information; College Readiness lessons in Math, Reading or English; or Soft Skills lessons in Communicating Effectively, Conveying Professionalism, Promoting Teamwork and Collaboration, and Thinking Creativity ad Solving Problems. See you instructor to get a virtual seat in the WIN Learning classroom.

News For You®

This News For You® website offers easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a poll. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence. Your teacher can give you the password to start using News For You®.

ESL Reading Smart™

ESL ReadingSmart™ is an innovative, standards-based English language-learning program for grades 4-12. Students can use it as a stand-alone application, or in a blended learning environment that integrates online student work and classroom instruction. Your teacher can give you a pass code to use ESL ReadingSmart™

Learn American English Online

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more English, and you have a computer at home, this website might be for you! Enjoy the many ways to enhance your speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition, you will receive practice in pronunciation and vocabulary. There are daily events! Try the special quizzes! Explore the way that Americans use idioms and slang in their daily speaking! It’s a great way to help yourself…and it’s free!

OSHA-10

The OSHA-10 (Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry) course will teach students workplace safety with special emphasis on those areas in general industry which are most hazardous. The OSHA -10 course is 100% online course. See your instructor if you are interested in taking this course.

Introduction to Welding

This is a fundamental course in layout and fabrication related to the welding industry. This course introduces basic welding and cutting. The course is 100% online. See your instructor for to receive a voucher for this course. Course content will cover these topics:

  • Gas Welding & Cutting
  • Arc Welding & Cutting
  • Fire Prevention
  • Ventilation & Protection in Welding, Cutting & Heating
  • Welding, Cutting & Heating in Way of Preservative Coatings
  • Common Welding Health Hazards

Forklift Overview

The forklift course is designed to provide students with an overview of the basic types and operation of sit-down forklifts. The students will learn how to identify parts and instruments of a forklift and learn safe operation of the forklift. If you are interested in this course, see your instructor for a voucher. This is an online course. Completing classroom instruction is a prerequisite before you can receive a voucher for this course. 

Self Assessments

Below are links to some surveys and self assessments that can help you determine the type of learner you are as well as what kinds of jobs you are best suited for. 

Self-Directed SEARCH (SDS)

The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is the most widely used career interest inventory in the world, having helped more than 14 million people with career planning decisions. The SDS is an easy-to-use, self-administered test that helps individuals find the occupations that best suit their interests and skills. See your teacher for a free code to take the SDS. 

It Starts With A Test

The path to your high school equivalency credential starts with you and ends with a test

If you didn't finish high school, there is another way to demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate — through testing and earning your high school equivalency (HSE) credential.

What is a HSE credential?

If you left high school before graduation, you can demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate by taking a HSE test. Once you pass the test, your state or jurisdiction will issue you a HSE credential.

Why is a HSE credential important?

If you didn't finish high school, you know your opportunities are limited. But with a state-issued HSE credential, you'll have the opportunity to advance your career, join the military, begin a training program or continue your education on the college level.

What is the difference between the GED® test and a HSE credential?

The GED® test is one of three tests used nationally to award a high school equivalency credential. Until recently, it was the only test available. Today there are two other testing options available — the HiSET exam and the GED® test. Pennsylvania uses the HiSET exam and the GED® test to measure high school equivalency skills in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Both tests enable you to earn the same HSE credential.

How do I prepare for the HiSET exam?

Most test takers take adult education classes to prepare for the exam. In many states, these programs are at no cost — or very low cost to the students. The HiSET program encourages you to explore adult education programs and also offers a variety of free and low-cost resources to help familiarize you with both the exam questions and the computer-delivered testing experience. The resources include a study companion (a guide with tips and strategies on how to prepare for the HiSET exam), practice tests and sample questions.

What happens after I pass the HiSET exam?

After you've passed the HiSET exam, your state or jurisdiction will issue your high school equivalency credential — and you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are on the same level as a traditional high school graduate.

HiSET® Online Test Registration

Follow the link below if you want to take the HiSET® test. The HiSET® is another test you can take in Pennsylvania that leads to a high school equivalency diploma. Create a test taker account to get information about preparing for the HiSET® examination. Free practices tests and study guides are available. 

Here's where you can obtain your high school diploma.

Once you pass the GED® or HiSET® exam you must order your diploma from DiplomaSender®. Once you create an account you can order your diploma and transcript. You will be issued one free diploma and one free transcript. If you lose or misplace your paper diploma or transcript and require a replacement, it will cost you $15 for each. If you ask for your transcript and diploma to be sent to you at an email address, you can make multiple copies. Ask your teacher for help in ordering your diploma and transcript.

BookyMobile

What is the BOOKYMOBILE®?

The BookyMobile® is OIC’s free book give-away on wheels. The BookyMobile® travels to neighborhoods, community events, schools, churches, and daycare centers throughout Dauphin County distributing free books to residents. The BookyMobile® has traveled as far as Lancaster and Philadelphia to help spread the joy of reading.

What is the History of the BOOKYMOBILE®?

The idea for the BookyMobile® came about when students told us they wanted more books for their children to read at home. The parents wanted their children to be able to keep the books. The kids wanted books that they could read over and over again. They also wanted to build home libraries so that their pre-school kids would be able to get ready for school and their school-age kids would advance to the next grade level. Many of the families that we serve did not have the resources to buy books nor did they have easy access to libraries.

In response, OIC created a program called Reading For Life. In 2007, OIC purchase a mobile home and with a start-up grant from the Verizon Foundation converted a used trailer into the OIC BookyMobile®. For 10 years the BookyMobile® has gone directly into communities and neighborhoods to distribute free books, school supplies and home schooling resources to over 40,000 people.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

How can the BOOKYMOBILE give away so many books?

Our community partners, book lovers, libraries, civic organizations, book companies, foundations, and area corporations have donated thousands of books and thousands of dollars to help promote and supply the BookyMobile® with free books for children and adults.

How can you get the BOOKYMOBILE® to visit your neighborhood?

If you would like the BookyMobile® to visit your neighborhood or community event, contact OIC at 238-7318. Or email us at info@tricountyoic.org

ABOUT 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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