In the mid-1960s, Mildred Jenkins found herself working in housekeeping, doing her utmost to support her family. She firmly believed in the principle: "an honest day's work is an honest day's pay." It was this determined spirit that brought her to the doors of OIC Philadelphia in 1966.
Mildred's time at OIC between 1966 and 1968 was transformative. Upon graduation, she embarked on a new chapter in her life when she was hired by Fidelity Bank in the Center City office. Mildred wasn't just another employee; she was a trailblazer. As the only black woman in the office during those times, she was truly a pioneer. Beginning her career in filing, she didn't let that be the end of her journey. Over the next three decades, Mildred's dedication, hard work, and the skills she acquired at OIC propelled her through the ranks at Fidelity Bank. She rose to the esteemed position of a court accountant, specializing in probating estates.
But the ripple effect of Mildred's success at Fidelity Bank extended beyond her own career. Due to her position, she secured student loans for her four children at a reduced interest rate through the bank. This financial assistance was instrumental in all her children completing their education. Today, they stand as shining examples of community service: two teachers, a principal, and a counselor at Masterman in the city, testament to the doors that education can open.
After 32 dedicated years at Fidelity Bank, Mildred retired in September 1999, reaping the rewards of her hard work with full benefits and a comfortable pension. Retirement didn't mean slowing down for Mildred. Instead, she embraced her golden years, traveling the world and enjoying the fruits of her labor.
Looking back at her remarkable journey, Mildred credits OIC not just for the trajectory of her illustrious career but also as the cornerstone in building her family's generational wealth. Her story underscores the transformative power of education, determination, and the right opportunities. Mildred Jenkins, an OIC Philadelphia alumna, is an embodiment of success, resilience, and the immense impact of investing in one's potential.