NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Opportunities Industrialization Center of Ouachita, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2833 Robinson Street
Richwood, La 71202
3710 Dunlop Street
Monroe, LA 71201

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           Opportunities Industrialization Center of Ouachita, Inc.
P. O. Box 4255
Monroe, LA 71211

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Opportunities Industrialization Center of America

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1911

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $280,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Chairman James E. Mayo
318 King Oaks Drive
Monroe, LA 71202
Vice Chairman Teresia Dickerson
2805 Cuba Blvd.
Monroe, LA 71201
Secretary John Smith
113 Mays Drive
Monroe, LA 71202
Treasurer Gregg Smith
P. O. Box 123
Monroe, LA 71211
Personnel Chairman Larry D. Jefferson
6511 Cypress Point Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Executive Director Juanita W. Rambo
2907 Cuba Blvd.
Monroe, LA 71211

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           OIC of Ouachita provides job training and HiSET learning skills for low income or no income clients. It has served two strategically located poor communities in the Booker T. and Richwood Communities for more than 40 years.Because our programs are grant funded, clients are not charged a fee to attend. The HiSET program helps clients obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Without it, they cannot obtain career oriented employment nor can they move toward higher education. In this program, clients work with Louisiana State Certified teachers and progress at their own pace. HiSET classes are offered at both sites. Clients with a high school diploma may participate in the Business Administrative Technology program which is an 18-week requirement. Clients are prepared to work in an office, a bank, a retail facility, or perform general skills on computers using Microsoft word, Power point, Excel or other programs. They are required to do an internship with a company that evaluates their learning skills and reports outcomes to the programs and training supervisor. An Administrative Medical Assistant Program is taught by a registered nurse to clients who have entry level interest in the medical profession. The 36-week programs trains clients to sit with patients, administer medicine, take vital signs, work in a doctor's office, and perform CPR. At the end of the course, clients take a National Administrative Medical Assistant Exam that is scored by the company and the results are reported to OIC almost immediately. Clients are given national certificates of completion and pins if successful. The passing rate is 85 to 90%.OIC offers a Senior Citizens Computer Class for clients over 55 without knowledge of how to use computers. Many left the workplace prematurely and are able to return after our training. An after school tutorial program is offered to clients 5 to 13 years of age. Clients are given help with high stakes testing, homework, behavior management, self-motivation skills, and dropout intervention. The program last 36 weeks or the duration of the school year. A Financial Literacy class is taught to all clients in the program so that they can learn to manage their money wisely, get out of debt, and save something. At the end of the year a graduation is held for clients who complete the programs with certificates of completion. A guest speaker delivers the graduation remarks, and diplomas and/or certificates of completion are handed out. A job developer helps clients to find career oriented employment at the end of the year.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $203,780
          Professional Services. . . $4,680
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $3,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $5,600
          Operating Services. . . . $30,891
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $27,049

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          To provide HiSET skills so that low income or no income clients without a high school diploma can obtain one. They will be able to find decent employment, or go on to higher education. The job training program allows low income clients to obtain much needed work skills that will provide the gateway to better employment or career employment. Clients are taught self-esteem and motivation, how to dress for success, resume writing, and are encouraged to become productive citizens. When clients improve, the community improves and becomes a safer, better place to raise families.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goal is to provide skills and put more low income clients in better working places where they can earn decent wages. The objective is to provide them with the type of job training skills they need and help them find jobs to become independent from social programs and to provide adequately for themselves and their families.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           36 weeks or two public school semesters is the estimated length of time.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 Not Applicable
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 Not Applicable

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               Not Applicable

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               Not Applicable

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                Not Applicable

          What is the nature of the relationship?  Not Applicable

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Not Applicable

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Not Applicable

Contact Information
name:  Juanita W. Rambo 
                                       address:  2907 Cuba Blvd.
Monroe, Louisiana 71201

                                       phone:  318-322-5615
                                       fax:  318-322-1997
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director