Workforce Institute – Training Division2022-03-11T05:47:42+00:00

Are you in search of a better life for you and your family?

Steady, reliable work is the key to having money in your pocket, food on the table, and a roof over your head.

If you’re ready to get to work and aren’t afraid of learning something new, UPO’s Workforce Institute offers training for some of DC’s most in-demand vocational careers. We also help you search for jobs, nail your interview, and find and keep the job that’s right for you. And we provide each and every student with one-on-one case management services to keep you focused, moving forward, and ready for better days ahead.


Getting the skills to pay the bills

We offer a variety of hands on job training programs taught by industry professionals to help you earn national certifications and get the tools and knowledge needed to become a productive member of the workforce:
View or print the UPO WFI Program & Course Schedules Booklet

Building Maintenance Professional

Framing, plumbing, flooring, painting, electrical, lockwork — we teach you how to work on most any part of a building

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Commercial Driver

Our commercial driver’s license (CDL) program can get you behind the wheel of a tractor trailer, Metrobus, school bus, dump truck, or other commercial vehicle

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Culinary Arts Professional

Learn how to prepare, present, serve, and manage food — and get the skills to pass the certified food protection manager exam

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Broadband Telecommunications Network Technician

We teach you how to build cables, set up computer and phone networks, install home audio systems, and provide other telecommunication services

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Program

Learn how to become a professional in early education, focusing on the developmental needs of children up to age 5 and the most effective ways to teach them and care for them.

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Electrical Technician

Get trained in electrical theory, conduit installation, how to wire a house, and other control, safety, and troubleshooting techniques

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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Learn to be a lifesaver with lecture and lab instruction on EMT basics, patient assessments, and proper handling of an emergency scene

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Hospitality and Tourism Industry Service Worker

We provide service training with a smile — and help students prepare to take and pass the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s national certification exam

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IT Help Desk and Application Support Specialist

DC residents are eligible for this training program that teaches the skills necessary to prepare for and achieve CompTIA A+ certification

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Plumbing Technician

Learn from an expert — you’ll become a professional who earns respect and a good salary.

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To learn more or enroll in an upcoming training session, please call 202-231-7933 or email wfitraining@upo.org


Putting your skills to work

Learning a new skill is just the beginning! We’re here to help you gain confidence, apply yourself, and become the person you want to be.
We work hard to get you to work — whether it’s showing you how to apply for jobs, dress and prepare for an interview, or act professionally and respectfully once you’ve landed a job.
Every Workforce Institute student learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter, how to find a job that matches their interest and skills, and how to communicate effectively in the workplace. We even have relationships with local employers who call us looking for help!
And our counseling services don’t end on your first day at the new job. We want to make sure you and your new employer are happy, so we will check in with you regularly, make sure you have access to transportation and child care, and help you get another job if the first one doesn’t work out.

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