Philadelphia OIC Launches CODE OIC with $150,000 from Lenfest

Philadelphia OIC Receives $150,000 from Lenfest Foundation, Launches Technology Boot Camp – CODE OIC – With Coded By U, Wilco Electronic Systems


PHILADELPHIA, PA (Dec. 29, 2015) — Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) has launched CODE OIC – a partnership with Coded By U and Wilco Electronic Systems to train youth and young adult workers for careers in information technology and web development. CODE OIC — which stands for Creating Opportunities to Diversify Economy — offers 12-week boot camps, will train prospective IT professionals, and is being funded by a $150,000 grant from the Lenfest Foundation.

“White House data estimates nearly 14,000 unfilled IT jobs in the Philadelphia metropolitan area right now,” said Kevin R. Johnson, Ed.D, Philadelphia OIC president and CEO. “Employers understand to close the gap, they must train a more economically and ethnically diverse workforce. At OIC, we are experts at closing that gap. We are pleased to be expanding our effort in IT in partnership with Coded By U, Wilco and the Lenfest Foundation.”

Aisha Dennis, Ed.M, director of education, and program manager for CODE OIC said, “With our strong presence in digital literacy training, industry training for gateway jobs, and high rate of job placement, OIC was able to leverage those considerable strengths in partnership with Coded By U and Wilco to both expose students to STEM careers, and to onramp adults into gateway careers in IT, which are in great demand.”

CODE OIC has two primary goals. First, the program will expose youth to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related careers. Second, the program will train adults for entry-level careers as web developers, junior web developers, user interface designers, support website developer and entry level programmer.

OIC’s research indicates even an entry-level job in web design and support could pay up to $62,000 a year, for as little as $5,000 per student investment. Moreover, a sampling of data from the more than 3,600 client visitors who have taken computer classes from OIC in 2015 shows an estimated 62 percent of our clients come from five of the 10 poorest zip codes in Philadelphia, including one-third who come from 19121, the second poorest zip code in Philadelphia, according to a Pew Research State of the City 2013 report.