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Explore your career opportunities with the help of these D.C. area career resources.



Department of Employment Services DC

Department of Employment Services (DOES)
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) is D.C.'s leading labor and workforce development agency for those 14-24 years old. It provides District residents with critical employment readiness and job training services, and District businesses with a qualified pool of potential employees. The agency oversees the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Project Empowerment, L.E.A.P., Career Connections and additional supportive programs for veterans and older workers. 

To learn more about the programs and services offered at DOES, visit  does.dc.gov. You can also call (202) 698-3492.

Latin American Youth Center DC

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. Since the late 1960s, LAYC has grown to serve over 4,000 youth and families annually through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

To learn more about the programs and services available to you at LAYC, visit  www.layc-dc.org.  You can also call (202) 319-2225.

Covenant House Washington DC

Covenant House Washington
CHW serves as the region’s largest and leading non-profit in protecting, supporting, and transforming the lives of homeless, disconnected, and exploited youth. For over 23 years CHW has impacted over 50,000 youth; providing resources to the most vulnerable population in Greater Washington, young people ages 12 – 24. Our resources include: workforce readiness, resume building, job placement, post secondary education support and placement, ABE/GED/high school diploma education, emergency and transitional housing, and an on-site NAEYC accredited gold-tiered child development center.

To learn more about the programs and services available to you at Covenant House, visit  covenanthousedc.org. You can also call (202) 610-6506.


Ayuda DC

Ayuda is a non-profit that assists low-income immigrants in the DMV area with direct legal, social and language access services. Ayuda envisions a community where our immigrant neighbors are empowered to overcome obstacles through our programs so that they can thrive in the United States.

To learn more about the programs and services available to you at AYUDA, visit  ayuda.com. You can also call (202) 387-4848.


Department of Employment Services Apprenticeships

DOES Office of Apprenticeship
The Department of Employment Services, Office of Apprenticeship is the State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) for the District of Columbia. DOES Office of Apprenticeship promotes the apprenticeship system to employers to maintain a highly skilled workforce; promote and educate the communities on available apprenticeship opportunities; educate teachers, guidance counselors and students in DC Public and Charter Schools to the apprenticeship system as a viable career option.

To learn more about the apprenticeship programs, visit  does.dc.gov/service/apprenticeships. You can also call (202) 698-5099.

Goodwill of Greater Washington DC

Goodwill of Greater Washingto
Goodwill of Greater Washington is one of a network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada. Goodwill offers holistic workforce training programs in service to low and moderate income adults that address the soft and hard skills needed to succeed in a new career. Goodwill’s programs include: sector specific job training in the hospitality and security sectors led by industry experts; career coaching for both program participants and Goodwill employees to help identify barriers to independence and determine strategies to overcome them; and, job placement and retention services. Goodwill expanded its mission in 2016 with the launch of the Goodwill Excel Center, the first diploma granting adult public charter high school in the District of Columbia.

To learn more about what Goodwill has to offer, visit  www.dcgoodwill.org. You can also call (202) 719-1288.

Community Empowerment Training Academy

Community Empowerment Training Academy (CETA)
The Academy specializes in job readiness and occupational-skills training and job placement and retention services. CETA training impacts the individual from a social, economic and self-sufficiency basis and focuses on persons who are un-employed, under-employed, and/or desire retraining, including returning citizens.

To learn more about CETA, you can call (202) 610-1080.

Carlos Rosario DC

Carlos Rosario  
The Carlos Rosario International Public School is the first adult education charter school in the nation. Throughout our more than 40-year history we have served tens of thousands of adults, providing the training and resources necessary to become productive citizens who give back to family and community. Our holistic model geared toward DC's diverse immigrant population includes courses in English as a Second Language, workforce development, GED test preparation in English and Spanish, technology essentials, and citizenship paired with comprehensive support services. We provide contextualized English language classes morning, afternoon, and evening sessions in subjects such as hospitality, health, math, computer literacy, family literacy and more. Additionally, we help students prepare for both the GED and citizenship exams. Through our career training programs in the fields of entrepreneurship, hospitality, health and IT students earn industry certifications in high growth, high demand industries. Current students also receive services such as case management, mental health counseling, job readiness training, and career and college readiness advising.

To learn more about the services at Carlos Rosario, visit  www.carlosrosario.org. You can also call (202) 797-4700.