Career Schools, Apprenticeships, Military

Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps)

  • AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based, residential service program for young adults who want to give back to communities in need at different locations across the country.
  • For 10 months, teams work on 4-7 projects, such as engaging youth; building and rehabilitating homes for families in need; cleaning up parks, streams, trails, and shorelines; and helping communities recover from disasters.
  • For more information download this pdf flyer and fill out the interest form to stay in the loop as to when you should apply.

AmeriCorps Intern Program for High School Seniors, Summer 2023

  • Application deadline: February 8, 2023
  • Gain a variety of skills, including leadership, problem-solving, and communication, while supporting the work AmeriCorps does in communities across the United States.
  • The program is open to all high school seniors and will run from June 5, 2023 to August 26, 2023. Send a cover letter, resume, and high school transcript to ""

City Year, AmeriCorps

City Year, AmeriCorps, members help students connect with their school community and engage in their learning. Learn more and apply here:


Aviation Maintenance Technology

UDC-CC’s Aerospace Technology Program offers two related paths of training in aviation: the Aircraft Mechanic’s Certification and the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program (Associate’s Degree). Both of these aviation activities are centered at UDC-CC‘s aviation facilities (Hangar #2) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. See more information here.

Carlos Rosario

Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School is a charter school for adults that is committed to delivering high quality education to DC's immigrant communities. It offers career training programs in construction, education, healthcare, culinary arts, technology, and more.

Contact: Patricia Gestro,

Cosmetology: Nail Technician License Preparation

Montgomery College offers a nail technician training program that provides 250-hours of instruction in preparation for licensure from the Maryland Board of Cosmetologists.

Culinary Arts Program, Prince George's Community College

This program introduces students to the range of skills and credentials required for a successful career in the culinary arts. Cooking, baking, and management courses are featured.

DC Office of Apprenticeship Information and Training

The DC Office of Apprenticeship Information and Training (OAIT) is part of the Department of Employment Services (DOES). It oversees the apprenticeship system in the District of Columbia. OAIT also safeguards the well-being of apprentices and ensures the quality of the programs.

DC Fire and EMS Cadet Program

  • The DC Fire and EMS Cadet Program is a one-year program that provides DC residents between the ages of 18 and 21 years old the opportunity to become members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS).
  • During the program, Cadets attain their National Registry EMT, Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Certificates. The Cadets participate in a departmental rotation, where they are exposed and acclimated to all aspects of DCFEMS.
  • Applications for Cadet Class 25 opened on Monday, April 18, 2022, and will close on June 2, 2022. Apply here.
  • Recruiting phone number: 202.673.3330
    Richard Peterson, Captain, Recruiting,
  • As of March 2022, there is no city-wide program for students under the age of 18. (Eastern HS has a program.) Interested in a career with DC Fire & EMS? Submit a job interest card.

Dudley Beauty College

Located at 2031 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC 20018, Dudley Beauty College’s Mission is to:
  • Prepare students with virtual guidance and in-class instruction to pass the State Board examination with confidence,
  • Assist students with career placement through online consultation,
  • Aid in developing students’ entrepreneurial skills and,
  • Provide each student with a superior and extraordinary level of education using our hybrid learning model of online and in-class learning.

Electrician Apprenticeship Program (IBEW)

  • We offer on-the-job training and classroom education for people interested in a career in the Union Electrical Construction industry.
  • Our jobs include great pay and benefits including health care (medical/dental/vision), paid time off, and retirement plans.
  • This five-year program covers electrical theory; safety; code and regulations; materials and industry practices; conduit bending; and an array of advanced technical courses. Books and online classes are provided free of charge, and there is no tuition.
  • You can graduate as a Journeyman Wireman in the IBEW earning over $140,000 a year (wages and benefits) – with no student loan debts to repay!
  • For a video of a “typical day” for an electrical apprentice, including footage of Washington, DC apprentices, go to and search on “NJATC - A Day in the Life.”
  • William “Bill” Murphy, Assistant Director,

Fortis College

A for-profit career school offering training programs careers in healthcare, HVAC, commercial driving, and more. Website:

Heat and Frost Insulators Apprenticeship

Heat and Frost Insulators Apprenticeship is accepting applications. Starting pay is $17.67 per hour plus benetfits. Applicants must apply in person at the Apprenticeship Office, 901 Montgomery Street, Laurel Maryland. Call them at phone number 301.725.2400 for hours and instructions.

LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Career Academy PCS offers GED classes, IT and medical assistant training programs, and college courses for DC residents ages 16-24. See more information and apply here:

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s Skilled Trades Apprentice Program helps you build your career while working at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport. MWAA Apprenticeships are offered in the following occupations: Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing-Pipefitting, Structural Maintenance, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, and Locksmithing. See more information and apply here:

Metropolitan Police Department Cadet Corps

  • The Metropolitan Police Department Cadet Corps Program allows young people with different backgrounds to attend college and begin their career path to become police officers. We are building a “Legion of Leaders.”
  • We are currently hiring part-time and full-time cadets. Part-time cadets earn $16.91 hourly and work up to twelve hours a week, and upon graduation, transition to become full-time cadets. Full-time cadets earn a salary of $35,637 and earn up to 60 tuition-free college credits at UDC.
  • Upon completing the program, cadets can pursue a career in law enforcement; however, there is no obligation to become a police officer.
  • Contacts:  Captain Johnathan Branch: and Sergeant Mary Norman:

Plumbers Local 5 Apprenticeship Program

  • For information about the apprenticeship program, application process, and an FAQ, visit our website.
  • Plumbers Local 5 began a structured apprentice training program in 1940, but our union has been around for more than 130 years. We give apprentice plumbers an opportunity to earn while they learn, while building and maintaining the facilities where DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents work, play, learn, and heal.
  • Apprentices start at $20.66 per hour, work 32 hours per week, and attend class for one 8-hour day per week while earning medical and retirement benefits. Graduates make a minimum of $45.92 per hour, or over $95,500 per year plus those benefits.
  • As a generation of plumbers retire, we need new plumbers to fill those jobs. We do much more than repair toilets or clean drains. We build hospitals, embassies, K-12 schools, colleges, labs, tech sites, stadiums, and government facilities. Come join us as We Protect the Health of our Nation!”
  • Chris Biondi, Training Director, 301.552.3505

Steamfitters Local 602 Apprenticeships

  • Steamfitters UA Local #602 represents the Journeymen, apprentices, and helpers who work in the heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, and process piping Industry in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
  • Applications for apprenticeships are accepted each November. Applicants must be 18 and have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Gregory Davis,
    8700 Ashwood Dr. 2nd Floor, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. (301) 333-2356

UPO Workforce Training

UPO Workforce Training provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to explore options in the construction trade industry.

  • Professional Building Maintenance (PBM)
  • Electrical Technician
  • Broadband Telecommunications
  • Plumbing Technician
Contact: Kenneth Carroll, Construction Trades Education Coach,

Williamson College of the Trades, Media, PA

Williamson College of the Trades is an all-male institution. It yields a no-cost tuition, room, and board opportunity for students who are accepted into the program. It offers six trade programs: carpentry, masonry, horticulture, machine, electrical, and power plant. Watch a Williamson video overview here:
Nahfees Akbar, Admissions Associate,

Military Information and Contacts


2/17/23: Clifford McKinney, recruiter for U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Air Force and Space Force

2/23/23: Air Force ROTC: Saydi Vidrine,
2/23/23: Space Force: David Carson,


Sgt. Joseph O'Connor


Recruiter: Siidnee Class, Navy Recruiter,

Coast Guard


Service Academies Nomination Process: