Success Starts Here
While living in Williamsburg Virginia, Devonte Dickens found himself struggling, facing failure after failure. Through defiance and procrastination, it seemed like he could never get things back on track. That’s when he received a call from his father, Mr. Eric Dickens, a Rocky Mount native. Eric had known about the OIC and its High School Equivalency program having witnessed several relatives graduate from the program. Though unsure and apprehensive, Devonte made the choice in February to take a leap of faith and move to Rocky Mount. After speaking with Gregory Royal, OIC’s Education Services Job Developer and Recruiter, Devonte enrolled in OIC’s High School Equivalency program. “Devonte was pretty defiant in Virginia, but when he got here, I told him that he needed to get his GED or his diploma,” said Eric Dickens.
Five months later, Eric has accomplished his goal. He now has a solid job and has completed his GED requirements. When asked about his 3-year plan, Devonte responded that college is definitely on his radar. Smiling ear to ear, he confidently proclaimed that he is eager to keep the ball rolling. Indicative of a proud father, Mr. Dickens occasionally glanced over at Devonte in astonishment, clearly a validation that his son is maturing and embarking on what appears to be a future of great promise. “When Devonte graduated, I told him that I was very proud of him and that’s when he hit me with something that brought tears to my eyes. He told me that he loved me.”
And it doesn’t stop there. Devonte is already paying it forward. Classmates recognizing his rapid matriculation through the program frequently ask him for advice and he proudly offers his time and insight. “They ask me about job placement and I tell them that they have to get serious about their success. You have to show them that you really want it and that you are able to adapt to change.” Devonte’s story is a ratification of the importance the community has in empowering its residents. OIC’s slogan is Helping People Help Themselves, but the key factor is the establishment of valuable and genuine relationships. Both Devonte and his father spoke highly about OIC’s education department and the unwavering commitment of the staff and faculty.
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Saturday August 27th, 2016, Rocky Mount, NC - Opportunities Industrialization Center’s Family Medical Centers (OIC) hosted their second annual Back to School Kickoff Sponsored by PharmBlue. With more than 300 families in attendance, 600 back packs and plenty of school supplies being given away, this event was validation of OIC’s slogan, Helping People Help Themselves. “With the new school year approaching, remember to study hard. But with studying, also remember that you have to be healthy,” said Bridgett Luckey, OIC Family Medical Center Deputy Director.
With several vendors and partners in attendance including John Battle Arts, AHEC, UNC Nash, Down East Partnership for Children, Pride of Rocky Mount #845, NAACP, East Coast Migrants and Vidant Edgecombe, attendees were provided with plenty of school supplies and informational material. The children and families in attendance enjoyed a number of activities including games, facepainting, dancing as well as received personal tours of OIC’s dental center.
This event comes at the commencement of OIC’s new partnership with PharmBlue, an onsite pharmacy that recently opened it’s doors this past week. OIC is continuing to expand its impact on the community by offering quality primary care, dental and behavioral health services. “Not only are we here to take care of your health, but OIC is here to take care of our community,” said Dr. Tisa Roberts, OIC Family Medical Center’s Medical Director.
OIC Family Medical Centers’ mission is "Helping People Help Themselves." As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, OIC provides comprehensive services to those with private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, the uninsured, veterans and the homeless. For more information on accessing patient services or free screenings go to http://www.oicone.org or call (252) 446-3333.