LAYC’s job readiness programs focus on the work skills and living wage needs of low-income, multicultural youth who are not in school or employed. Our programs provide critical opportunities to develop job skills, get job training and certifications, and access internship and employment opportunities. LAYC offers job-readiness programs at all of our sites. Most programs are self-paced and some offer advanced GED education.


The Workforce Investment for Successful Employment (WISE) program offers retail and hospitality sector-focused services. These include job readiness classes, leadership and personal development, career exploration activities, job placement services, customer service certifications, GED preparation, and support services.


Our Montgomery County Conservation Corps prepares out-of-school youth for conservation work as they study for the GED exam.

Prince George’s County

Our Langley Park site in Prince George’s County offers job readiness training that positions youth to increase their employability skills and makes them eligible to participate in the internship program offered. The program also provides GED preparation for out-of school youth ages 16 to 24 years of age.

Our extensive network of employer partners that host our youth for short-term internships in a variety of high growth industries is a cornerstone of LAYC’s job readiness programs. Many of these internships offer stipends, extended mentorship opportunities, and lead to permanent job placement. Our annual youth job fair with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Department of Recreation attracts 50 employers from the area.

Youth interested in health careers can enroll in the Teen Health Promoters in DC, or Youth CareerConnect in Prince George’s County where they can explore their interests, complete an internship in a clinical setting, and build workplace skills.