NGO Funding Request

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

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2833 Robinson Street
Richwood, Louisiana 71202

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           OIC of Ouachita, Inc
P. O. Box 4255
Monroe, LA 71201

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, Inc.

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:
           James E. Mayo, Board Chairman
P.O. Box 123
Monroe, LA 71211

Teresia Dickerson, Vice Chairwoman
2903 Cuba Blvd.
Monroe, LA 71201

Gregg Smith
P. O. Box 123
Monroe, LA 71201

John Smith, Secretary
124 Mays Drive
Monroe, LA 71202

William Smith, Interim Director
232 Mayhaw
Monroe, LA 71202

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Opportunities Industrialization Center of Ouachita's program provides low income or no income clients with job training and GED literacy skills so that they may become independent of social programs and provide their families with livable wages.
The program offers the following components for job training at no cost to the clients: Administrative Nursing Assistant: The program is taught by a registered nurse and trains clients to administer vital signs, perform CPR, work in a hospital, a doctor's office, clinic, or home health facility. The program lasts for one full school year and requires an internship in a doctor's office so that real time takes place with real patients. Upon completion of the program, clients must pass a National Administrative Medical Assistant Examination. At the end of the year, clients participate in a graduation where they are awarded certification and pins.

The HiSET program offers clients who did not complete high school an opportunity to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma or GED. A Louisiana State Department of Education certified instructor teaches the class. The instructor attends Louisiana Delta Community College workshops on the HiSET and is current on educational and academic skills. Clients can enroll at both the OIC Dunlop and Richwood Centers for this program because a large number of student drop out of school in the Northeast Louisiana region. The lack of a high school education prevents them from obtaining good paying jobs and from seeking higher education. Clients are taught a battery of core curriculum subjects in preparation for a series of skills that must be learned before taking a mock HiSET Exam. Once that exam is passed, clients take the HiSET exam at the Louisiana Delta Community College. Clients are allowed to work at their own pace in the program.
A Business Administrative Technology Program that a certified teacher, oversees the program. Clients are taught computer skills, interview skills, how to dress for success, leadership, loyalty, team effort, and retail skills. Clients can work in an office, in department stores, corporations, and in management.

An after school tutorial program, Individuals Committed to Achievement Now, is available to clients ages 4 to 16, for assistance with high stakes tests, homework, anger management, self-motivation, self-respect, and grade promotion. Tutorials are offered to clients whose parents may be unable to help them with their homework or who are not home to help them. The ICAN program reduces absenteeism and encourages clients to stay in school. Clients have access to ipads as well printed resources. Parental interaction is welcomed in the program. An instructor and several assistants work with the program in a safe environment where clients are free from drugs and dealers.

A Senior Citizens Computer Class is offered to clients who are 60 and older. They are taught how to use the computer and can return to the workplace if a lack of computer skills forced them out. Clients are taught by a certified instructor for 18 weeks and must complete a project demonstrating three or more skills that have been acquired.

Class programs require daily attendance and roll checks. Clients are allowed three excused absentees before being warned about dismal. Prior to enrolling clients, an interview process is held to be certain they understand that attendance is very serious and completion of the program is a priority.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $202,146
          Professional Services. . . $4,033
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $5,383
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $61,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

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?
          The entity's public purpose is to provide education and training so the low income or no income clients will have the skills needed for the workplace. They will be able to find jobs and become independent of social programs. This would be a big plus for the community and for the state. The reward to clients would be priceless. It will provide economic security and better financial and educational opportunities which leads to a safer, more intelligent public.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goals are to have clients participate in job training programs for a period of time to provide skills in education and job training so that they may secure jobs and provide for themselves and their families. Clients will be trained by professionals. After the training a job developer will work with them to assist in finding employment. Job fairs will be made available as well as introductions to corporate leaders in the region. Conversations will be held with the business community to determine which skills are needed for client readiness. To work closely with the labor force to assist in placement.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The proposed length of time is one year.

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:
     (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:

     (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: 

(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:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(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:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  William Smith 
                                       address:  P.O. Box 4255
Monroe, LA 71201

                                       phone:  318-237-3019
                                       fax:  318-322-1997
                                       relationship to entity:  Interim Director