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DC Career Connections Program Structure

Program Structure

DC Career Connections follows a three-phase model:

  • Phase 1: Intensive three-week Job Readiness Training focusing on soft and life skills.
  • Phase 2: Continuing education or occupational skills training.  Placement is determined by a participant’s education level, aptitude, and interest.
  • Phase 3: Up to eight months of direct work experience at a DC Career Connections host site.  The purpose of this time-limited phase of work is to help participants gain real world experience, build positive work habits, and establish a consistent employment record.

Throughout each phase of the program, DC Career Connections offers a host of wraparound services including: transportation benefits, job coaching, substance abuse referrals, mental health referrals, housing referrals, childcare referrals, clothing or uniform assistance, financial counseling, basic computer training, and more.

Eligibility Requirements

  • District of Columbia resident
  • Age 20-24 years old
  • Permission to work in the United States
  • Willing to take Urinalysis drug tests throughout the program