In 2012, AIOIC changed the name of several of it’s entities. The School of Business and Office Technology became the Takoda Institute. The Employment Services division was renamed the Takoda Group. Also, the American Indian OIC High School is now known as Takoda Prep. For more information about the name change, please read here.
The American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center (AIOIC) was created in 1979 in response to the high unemployment and poverty rates in the Minneapolis American Indian community. Our organization has gained respect from the American Indian population, our community, and government partners as well as local employers. We have been able to successfully fuse education and training with Native culture and the world of employment.
Our Mission is to empower American Indians to pursue career opportunities by providing individualized education, training, and employment services in a culturally rich environment.
Since its founding, AIOIC has built a workforce of almost 20,000 people by helping them improve their employment credentials that results in a more stable and satisfying future. Each year, we help approximately 1,500 people from the Phillips area of Minneapolis or from reservations in the surrounding area. Although we primarily serve American Indian people, our resources and programs are available to all persons regardless of race, creed, color, age, or gender.
Out of hope and our reputation, our clients voluntarily come here to get the skills they need to build a new life for themselves and their families.