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SOME Center for Employment Training provides hands-on training to prepare individuals for careers in the Healthcare and Building Trades field. All programs are 6-9 months long and lead to an industry certification. All programs are 75% hands-on or practical, and students complete an externship with our industry partners that allow them to practice their skills in a work setting.

Healthcare Program

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)

Students in our Medical Administrative Assistant program learn skills essential to running a healthcare office including:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Scheduling Patient Visits
  • Billing and Coding

Upon completion, students are qualified for positions in medical office or hospitals.

Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA)

Students in our medical assistant program learn essential patient care skills including:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Reading patient vital signs
  • Administering medication

Upon completion, students can provide hands-on care to patients in medical offices and hospitals.

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Building Trades Program

Building Maintenance Service Technician Certification

Students in our Building Maintenance Service Technician program receive a hands-on introduction to the following trades:

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Electrical

Upon completion, students are qualified to work as a helper in these trades or to serve as a maintenance technician in residences and office buildings.


Students in our HVAC program learn how to maintain and repair heating and cooling units. Participants learn skills including:

  • Installing electrical components
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Refrigerant Recovery
  • Preventative Maintenance

Upon completion, students are qualified to work as HVAC helpers and installers in office and residential buildings.

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How to Apply

The SOME Center for Employment Training application process is quick and easy! Admission is rolling—start when you’re ready, no need to wait until a semester starts.

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Eligibility: Applicants must be/have:

  • Age 18 or over
  • A government-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Card or official documentation from the Social Security Administration
  • Negative TB/PPD test results within the past 12 months
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or a
  • Drug-free
  • A high school diploma or GED is not required. If you have a high school diploma or a GED, please provide proof when applying.

Applicant will also need to complete the following before enrolling:

  • The CASAS Math and Reading Test
  • A Scholarship Assessment
Access Services

Contact: Call 202.292.4460

Location: 4430 Benning Road, NE

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be able to receive the tuition-free scholarship if the following criteria are met:

  • Household income is below 200% of the federal poverty line, based on individual or family income in the last 12 months.
  • Lack the skills, work experience, and education to currently obtain and maintain employment at the District of Columbia regulated living wage.
  • Intention and reasonable ability to obtain full-time employment in the area of study.
  • Readiness to begin intensive job training.
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in training.