The Montgomery County Workforce Programs offer job readiness training, GED, and career exploration services to out-of-school, disconnected youth who are not in school or engaged in employment.

The Workforce Investment for Successful Employment program in Washington, DC is a retail and hospitality sector-focused, GED and workforce readiness program for out-of-school youth, ages 16-24.

Our Prince George’s County Workforce Program offer job skills and life skills training, paid internships, job placement services, GED preparation, one-on-one tutoring, case management, and support services for out-of-school youth ages 16-24.

Montgomery County Workforce Programs

Workforce Mmontgomery CountyOur workforce programs in Montgomery County primarily serve out-of-school, unemployed, and disconnected youth.

Participants have access to the following workshops and classes.

Steps to Success: GED, Job Readiness Training, and Career Exploration

Steps to Success offers a blended approach to education and workforce development. Students gain skills in the classroom and through workshops that prepare them for job training opportunities, employment, and other educational pathways. The instructional approach in GED classes integrates Positive Youth Development, social justice, and advocacy in the classroom to focus on the student’s strengths and needs. Youth are the drivers of their education and receive support to reach full realization of their goals.

Participants receive:
  • One-on-one tutoring and career development sessions
  • Group life skills and job readiness training workshops
  • Presentations by guest speakers across a diversity of professional backgrounds
  • Site visits to in-demand industry businesses, including allied health, IT, retail, hospitality.

Training, Certifications, and Internships (TCI)

Our Montgomery County services offer training, certifications, and internships in eight-week cohorts to out-of-school youth. These career exploration opportunities immerse youth in hands-on experiences based on their career interests. Training opportunities may include workplace safety, entrepreneurship, leadership, construction and maintenance, CPR, OSHA, and Microsoft Office. Internships are available with partner businesses including government offices, hospitals, community organizations, educational institutions, and the service sector.

Job Placement and Retention Support

Participants of our Montgomery County workforce programs receive job placement and follow-up supports. This may include updating a resume, cover letter, receiving targeted coaching on navigating a workplace situation and self-advocacy.


Montgomery County: 8700 Georgia Avenue, Suite 500, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.


To find out if you are eligible for the program or to learn more, contact André Mons Ybañez, Outreach and Retention Specialist, or (301) 495-0441 ext. 224.

Workforce Investment for Successful Employment (WISE) DC

The WISE Program is a retail and hospitality sector-focused GED and workforce readiness program for out-of-school youth, ages 16-24. We offer job readiness classes, leadership and personal development, career exploration activities, subsidized internships, job placement services, a customer service certification, GED preparation, and support services.

Job Development

The Job Developer works with the student one-on-one throughout the process of seeking employment. The Job Developer provides students with professional interview clothing, accompanies students to internships, and helps students with applications for jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

Participants who complete the 12-week core job readiness training curriculum and pass the NRF Customer Service and Sales certification are eligible to participate in a four-week subsidized internship with one of LAYC’s employer partners, including CVS Health, Best Buy, and Marshalls. During the internship, youth work 15 hours per week under the supervision of a store manager, receiving training in several positions to be exposed to the variety of work within a particular store and determine the best fit for each participant. All employers have committed to hiring young people who perform satisfactorily in their internships as permanent employees.

The WISE program aims to help youth move beyond entry-level positions in order to grow within the retail and hospitality fields. Once a youth is placed in permanent employment, the Job Developer will work with the participant for at least a year following placement. Youth will receive job coaching, leadership development opportunities and assistance accessing additional educational opportunities to acquire stackable credentials and skills valued by the retail and hospitality industries.

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National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation: WISE participants have the opportunity to obtain a nationally recognized customer service credential. The National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation offers a 40-hour course on all aspects of the retail industry including  customer service and sales.

GED Preparation Classes

WISE participants without a high school diploma will have the opportunity to take GED classes Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 3 PM to prepare them for taking the  exam. Participants are divided into two levels based on academic proficiency, Pre-GED and GED Prep. Classes are aligned to the four components of the GED: Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematical Reasoning, as well as the Common Core State Standards. Students will utilize contextualized and project-based learning strategies. WISE also offers tutoring four days per week after class sessions end.

Case Management

Participants receive case management to ensure successful completion of the program. Case managers assist students with housing, transportation, child care referrals, and meet with students on a daily basis to ensure students are moving forward with stated goals.

Leadership and Personal Development

WISE emphasizes personal development through community service projects, advocacy days, and support groups.


Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.


Tatyana Brown, Outreach Specialist, (202) 319-0426,

Prince George’s County Workforce Program

The Prince George’s County Workforce Program offers job skills and life skills training, paid internships, job placement services, GED preparation, one-on-one tutoring, case management, and support services for out-of-school youth ages 16-24.

Youth without a high school diploma have the opportunity to take GED classes to prepare them for taking the exam. These classes focus on writing, reading, social studies, science, and math. Academic tutoring is also provided as needed. If a participant wishes to continue with school, the GED Instructor will help him/her identify and apply to an appropriate post-secondary academic program and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). MMYC’s classes are held at our Langley Park office.

Alongside the GED classes, students receive job readiness training in preparation to enter the workforce, as well as assistance searching for employment.

The job readiness training curriculum covers:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Goal setting
  • Life skills
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-esteem

Langley Park, MD: 7411 Riggs Road, Suite 418, Hyattsville, MD 20783


Kristen Patterson, Program Manager,, (301) 431-3121 ext. 133.