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Free, Hands-on Training for the Healthcare and Building Trades Fields
Our CET programs take 6 to 9 months to complete and leads to industry certification. After graduation, students are certified and prepared to start their new careers earning an on average $18/hour, almost $3 more than DC’s minimum wage
Our training is both practical and hands-on. It includes an externship with one of our Employer Partners, so that students can practice their skills in the real world. During the program, students also have access to our other services, including housing and healthcare.
Applications for CET programs are open to adults over the age of 18, living in the DC area. Applicants do not need to have a high school diploma or GED, and students with criminal histories are still eligible. Our programs don’t have sessions or semesters, which means we have new students starting each week.
The application process is quick and easy, get started today!
Apply for Our Healthcare Program
We offer two types of training in our Healthcare program: Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Assistant.
Students in our Medical Administrative Assistant program learn how to keep healthcare offices running smoothly. They develop skills in scheduling, billing, operating computer systems and creating a positive patient experience.
Students in our Medical Assistant program learn how to become critical members of healthcare teams in doctor’s offices and hospitals. They practice taking a patient’s vital signs, giving injections, maintaining health records and assisting doctors and nurses.
Apply for Our Building Trades Program
We offer two types of training in our Building Trades program: Building Maintenance Service Technician and HVAC.
Students in our Building Maintenance Service Technician program receive hands-on training in plumbing, carpentry, electrical and HVAC.
Students in our HVAC program learn how to maintain and repair heating and cooling systems.
Our Approach to Education and Training
We apply our Whole Person approach to education and training, creating an environment where our students can move themselves out of poverty and into living wage careers.
Applicants are not required to have a high school diploma or GED. However, if they do have one they’re asked to submit it as part of their application. Students accepted into a CET program are evaluated with a CASAS test, which tests basic and academic skills in real-world contexts.
We recognize that skills like math, reading and grammar are crucial to career development, and establishing a baseline helps us better meet the unique needs of our students. Our programs merge basic skills instruction with on-the-job training. Our instructors are industry experts and adult educators; the combination of which creates a rich learning environment.
In addition to providing technical instruction, we also teach our students the soft skills they need to land a job. We break down the barriers that have prevented them from achieving professional success in the past. We help them better prepare for employment by teaching them how to build a résumé, write a cover letter and excel in an interview.
We also focus on mental health and life skills development through one-on-one counseling and support groups. This care extends to our graduates through monthly check-ins for one year after they graduate, and a life-long network of CET alumni and instructors to lean on.
All of our CET programs are drug-free environments. Our students are screened for substances at the start of their program and periodically throughout their training.
Our programs are 75% hands-on and skills-based. Classroom instruction is led by industry experts, and our students hone their technical skills through externships with our Employer Partners.
During their externships, students are able to apply real world challenges while mastering the tools of their trade. They also have the opportunity to attend industry presentations and field trips.
Throughout the program, students complete competency tests to ensure they’re acquiring the skills they need to become successful employees. CET programs are self-paced, with the average student graduating within six months.
After graduation, we provide an array of follow-up services to our students, including coaching and monthly check-ins. We help ensure that our graduates meet and exceed their employer’s expectations. The proof is in our data—over 58% of CET students find jobs within 6 months of graduating.
We also support our graduates with ongoing career development, mentorship, after-work seminars and lifetime access to our alumni network. 100% of graduates who find jobs, and take part in our employment retention programs, remain employed for at least one year following graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The application process is quick and easy, click here to get started today! Or, find answers to some of our common questions below.
The application process is quick and easy, click here to get started today!
To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 years old, or older
- Have a government-issued photo ID
- Have a Social Security Card or official documentation from the Social Security Administration
- Provide proof of a negative COVID TB/PPD test result within the past 12 months
- Provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
- Test negative for substance use
- A high school diploma or GED is not required to apply. However, if you have one, please include it with your application.
You will also be invited to complete a scholarship assessment during your application, so we can determine if you qualify for financial aid.Apply Today
Yes! Scholarships are available to applicants, if you meet the following criteria:
- Your household income is below 200% of the federal poverty line, based on individual or family income in the last 12 months
- You currently lack the skills, work experience and education to find and keep employment that pays you a living wage (In DC, you must earn a minimum of $23.13/hr for it to count as a “living wage”)
- You have the intention and reasonable ability to gain full-time employment in the healthcare or building trades fields
- You are ready and willing to undergo intensive job training
- You maintain satisfactory progress during training
We will determine if you qualify for a scholarship during the application process.Apply Today
All of our CET programs are self-paced, with the average student graduating within six months. School and training hours are Monday – Friday, from 8:30am – 3:30pm, except for Federal Holidays, unscheduled Federal Government closures, delays and scheduled CET closings.Apply Today
The application process is quick and easy. Click here to get started today! Or give us a call, at 202-292-4460.Apply Today