History of OIC


A West Virginia Original
The North Central WV Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (or OIC Training Academy as it is commonly known), was established in Fairmont, West Virginia in 1975. OIC is an affiliate of OIC of America, which was founded in 1964 by Charleston, West Virginia native Leon Sullivan. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, Rev. Sullivan founded OIC of America to help people help themselves through career training programs. Over the last 35 years, OIC Training Academy has played an integral role in the world of career and workforce training, providing the citizens of Marion County and West Virginia with an array of opportunities to help them build the skills and confidence needed to achieve success in a variety of occupational fields.

From its beginning OIC has focused on pinpointing career opportunities within the community, partnering with employers, and aligning its training curriculum to provide citizens with real opportunities for individual growth and long-term career expansion. Whether it was through industrial trades, administrative support training programs, or the health sciences, OIC has always been at the forefront when it comes to workforce development. More importantly, however, OIC has led the way as a humanitarian organization, recognizing that its mission to ‘help people help themselves’ is rooted in the endeavor to provide people with opportunities to overcome obstacles, to transcend tribulation, and to prosper through the hard work and dedication needed to succeed in new careers. Access the links below to find out more about Leon Sullivan and his extraordinary accomplishments!!

Leon Sullivan in Wikipedia

Leon H. Sullivan Foundation

OIC International

WV Division of Culture and History

Marshall University