#GivingTuesday results, your donations in action, Member Profile: OIC, and more in this month's newsletter!
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Your Donations in Action! Update on Chantel

You might remember Chantel from our brochure. She and her mother were homeless, and moved around a lot. She wasn't able to finish high school, but at 19, she decided that sitting in an apartment watching TV was not what she wanted to do with her life.

Chantel knew an education was her ticket to changing her life. She started preparing for the GED at OIC of Oklahoma County but did not have the means to pay the GED testing fees. That's where OKCMLC stepped in, providing Chantel a GED testing fees scholarship. Chantel passed her GED and is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Francis Tuttle!

OKCMLC can help a lot more people like Chantel, who are working hard to improve their lives and the lives of their children through education. These are your donations at work! Your donations to OKCMLC are 100% tax-deductible.

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Exciting Changes for Re$ourceLine!

Until now, OKCMLC has subscribed to the Re$ourceLine and offered access as a member benefit. From now on, it will be free through Literacy NOW.

NCFL (National Center for Families Learning) will make available, for free, the funding content of Re$ourceLine through Literacy NOW ​in connection with membership in the National Literacy Directory.

Click here for a letter from Kimberly Scott, Literacy Powerline Managing Partner and author of Re$ourceLine, explaining all the changes in further detail.
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OKC Metro Literacy Coalition Member Profile:
Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County (OIC)

When SUCCESS is the only option!

Every agency has a mission that drives its work. In the service of humanity, all of this work is necessary and important.  

In the education of every person, sometimes life and family circumstances happen…and students can fall through the cracks. Despite high school graduation, there are often gaps in reading and academic skills that limit one’s ability to pursue college or training that would mean higher earning potential. These are our mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, and friends. Their ability to earn a higher wage impacts the entire family and the community.

Through programs designed to elevate the heads of households, OIC is working to increase the tax-paying citizenry! Education IS the only answer to income reliance on government and social programs. By focusing on the parents, we're helping to shift the needle forward for the entire family. Our programs have generational impact!

High School Diploma / GED
Christopher Myers is an outstanding instructor! Students are ready to take any of the diploma prep tests (HISET, GED, TASC, or COMPASS) in an average of 4.5 months.

TANF Literacy / Adult Education
Designed for adults who function below 6th grade level, this program helps them improve reading, language, or math skills. Some students feed into the Diploma Prep class; others come to improve scores to enter college, training, or job promotion.

Computer Training
OIC develops a customized training program around Windows and Microsoft Office for career placement. Our workforce literacy component offers specialized training in accounting, data entry, customer service and medical records for a smooth career transition.

Volunteer One-to-One Tutoring / ESL
Caring volunteers are trained and matched with an adult learner for one or more hours each week. The learner may want to learn to read, improve their basic levels, or learn English. Goals may include raising reading levels to pass a test, read to their children, or improve skills for job advancement.  

Brain Train Academy
The age of technology is here, and with all of its advancements, we are moving at a feverish pace. Plus, we’re aging! The Brain Train Academy is sponsored in partnership with Cognitive Rehabilitation Institute as a teletherapy system. That means, for just 3 hours per week, a person can sharpen their mental skills, memory and overall brain function.

Getting a GED or completing training is just the beginning! E2S prepares students for their next step to lifelong learning, through job search/preparation, college enrollment, career assessment, soft skills training, and job coaching. Whatever the next step, E2S helps to lay the foundation.

Founded in 1966, OIC is a part of a national network of 44 affiliates in 22 states and the District of Columbia through OICs of America headquartered in Philadelphia. In 2016, OIC of Oklahoma County will celebrate 50 years of education and training for the citizens of Oklahoma! Visit our website to learn more about our programs, as well as volunteer and donation opportunities.

December 2015

Thanks to #GivingTuesday Donors!

Thanks to you, we met 87% of our Giving Tuesday fundraising goal! This was our first year to participate in the global day of giving. It's not too late to donate for our D.E.A.R. Day 2016 campaign to help 200 second graders read at the State Capitol with legislators. Donate here, and/or sign up to volunteer!

Upcoming Literacy Events

Scholastic Books Warehouse Sale

December 9-19, 2015
Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse
8200 S.W. 44th Street
click here for more information

Please consider purchasing books at these greatly discounted prices and donating to your favorite school or library! We will also distribute any donated books to our adult learners for their families.
Are you planning a literacy related event? Let us know and we'll share it in our next newsletter!
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