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The Opportunities Industrializations Centre was born out of a struggle for the inclusion of coloured and black minorities in the industries’ labour force in the USA in the early 1960s during the civil right movement by the late Rev. Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan and his team. When the struggle was finally won however, black minority lacked employable skills needed in the industries.
Consequently, the first OIC Centre was established in an abandoned jail house in German Town in Philadelphia, USA, to offer skills training to the disadvantaged to enable them access middle and top level positions.
Later in the 1960s, a Ghanaian wood worker and philanthropist, S.P. Dampson read about the success of OIC America Opportunities Industrialization Centres, Ghana (OICG) become fully operational in April 1971 as a fee-free vocational training institution and an affiliate of Opportunities Industrialization Centres International, USA.
From the Readers Digest. Following that, a group comprising S.P. Dampson, J.A.A. Ocansey, O.B.K. Fua and A.A. Mends met in 1968 to discuss ways and means of assisting their countrymen to address the worsening problem of unemployment in Ghana. The Ghanaian pioneers got help from the late Civil Right Advocate, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, the founder of OIC International based in the USA who visited Ghana in 1969 and 1970. With USAID sponsorship and help of other public spirited Ghanaians, With its philosophy and focus on the disadvantaged youth OIC Ghana operated as a fee-free vocational/technical skills training institution. The entire operations of OIC Ghana were funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Opportunities Industrialization Centres International (OICI) for ten (10) years i.e. 1971-1980.