Established in 1972, the Greater Paterson Opportunities Industrialization Center (GPOIC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in workforce and personal development. Primarily serving residents of Passaic County, New Jersey, GPOIC is dedicated to helping the unemployed and underemployed develop and/or upgrade their life, technological, and employment skills.

GPOIC is an affiliate of OIC of America (OICA) which was established in a renovated jailhouse in 1964 by the renowned Reverend Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. Today, including GPOIC, there are 34 OIC affiliates across the United States serving over 80,000 individuals annually.

Our Mission

Our mission at the GPOIC is to provide personal and professional skills training services that empower the unemployed, underemployed, and underserved to achieve success and improve the quality of their lives.

Our Vision

GPOIC shares the vision of OICA and its affiliates. We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities. Through our efforts and theirs, our participants break the cycle of poverty, creating a more just society.

Our Values

The values governing the Greater Paterson OIC organization include the following:

  • Student Focus – Strive towards understanding and anticipating what our students need, want, and more importantly, delivering what they truly value.
  • Integrity and Respect – Treat all our students, associates, partners and supporters with the dignity and respect deserving of any member of the OIC family.
  • Continuous Growth and Development – Strive for constant growth and higher levels of achievement and performance.
  • Excellence and Accountability – Take personal ownership for ensuring that we strive for excellence, in all aspects of our daily responsibilities.
  • Teamwork – Communicate and work together to unleash the power of teamwork throughout the organization.

Community and Personal Responsibility – Play an active role in enhancing the quality of life both personally and in our community.