UPO Workforce Institute

UPO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide leadership, support and advocacy to low-income and other eligible residents of the District of Columbia. In 2011, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for the District of Columbia granted UPO a Certificate of License to Operate a Non-Degree Institution of Higher Education.

The UWI offers educational and occupational training to eligible DC lower income residents who qualify under Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) and other designated funding; and also offers these programs to the general public under a published tuition rate, which is reasonable and based on comparative analysis. Every two years, the UWI renews its educational license with OSSE to insure that its courses continue to meet OSSE standards and students receive a high quality education. The UWI echoes the corporate mission of UPO by “Uniting People with Opportunities” through high-quality educational and occupational training courses.

The UWI is a collaboration of the UPO Adult Education & Training Programs (AET), the Green Technologies Division (GTD) through the Building Careers Academy (BCA) and the Workforce Development Division (WDD). Each of these divisions offer a portfolio of industry-based occupational training focused on entry to midlevel career opportunities and also provide soft skill and job-readiness training. The UWI also offers job placement and assistance services. Admission and enrollment is assessment-based and training is substantial, covering both hard and soft skills development. Successful students are eligible to earn professional industry-based certifications.

The UWI offers courses at the following UPO locations:

  • Anacostia Community Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Road, SE, WDC 20020
  • Building Careers Academy, 911 Girard Street, NE, WDC 20017
  • Petey Greene Community Service Center, 2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, WDC 20020

Where noted, some courses may be offered at locations other than the above.

Click Here to review the full UPO Workforce Institute Program Catalog, which includes UWI’s complete Admission, Administrative and Academic Policies; Support Services; Tuition, Fees and Refund Policies; current Career Path Learning Programs and descriptions; total course hours and pre-requisites to enroll; and program scheduling for the current year.

Job placement services for low income residents

The United Planning Organization provides a wide range of job training and placement services for lower income residents across DC. We give unemployed individuals the opportunity to pursue a career in their desired field by boosting their skills and qualifications. By collaborating with other organizations, we offer a variety of occupational training courses at a UPO location.