The OIC’s MSFP was an education-focused job training program with the primary goal of helping minority single mothers secure employment paying higher than the minimum wage. The program did so by providing remedial education services, counseling, and other supportive services before participants started skills-based job training.
OIC’s MSFP participants completed a standardized test of their basic academic skills before being assigned to remedial courses or specific job-training programs. Remedial courses (GED, English as a second language, literacy) were assigned to those who scored below a certain threshold or lacked a high school credential and lasted three months. Participants with a high school credential and those who passed their remedial courses were assigned to six to nine months of job-specific skills training coupled with job-search training and assistance. OIC provided additional supports such as personal counseling for participants, on-site child care, help with transportation costs, and referrals to additional public services throughout the duration of the program. OIC MSFP participants minority single mothers with low income in Providence, RI.