Programs Offered

Industry Certified Skills Program

CHCTDC operates various vocational skills training programs for youth and adults. The normal schedule of a training class ranges from fourteen (14) weeks to twelve (12) months training cycles, six (6) hours per day, Monday through Thursday.

The center uses a competency-based system for teaching and evaluation. This system rates client progress through pre and post testing.

The first step requires pre testing to determine participants’ knowledge and skills in particular areas.

The second step is instruction in a classroom setting by an experienced trainer using lecture and demonstration to convey information to the client.

The third step, the practicum or “hands on” experience, allows participants to demonstrate their learned skills. Examples of vocational programs include Barbering/Cosmetology, Child Development Associates, Customer Service/Retail, General Construction/Building maintenance, that each leads to 3rd party national certification and ultimate job placement. Case management is an integral part of the training in that it reduces the likelihood of a premature program or job separation.

The succeeding phase of training is the internship. Clients are placed in training related positions where employment opportunities exist. They are evaluated in real work environments and are strategically positioned to be offered permanent employment at the end of internships.

Job placement in permanent, full-time positions is the goal of vocational skills training. Clients are monitored and evaluated throughout training and, upon placement, are monitored and evaluated for an additional 90 days.

  • Barbering/Cosmetology
  • Child Development Associate
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Management
  • Construction/Building Maintenance

Career Assessments

The center provides career assessments to clients to identify interests, aptitudes, skills, deficiencies, and information about jobs and careers; including the training and education required to obtain a job and pursue a career. Once this data has been obtained, counselors use the information to aid the client in designing a career path.

Counseling is a key component of the center’s programs. When designing career paths, the center’s staff works closely with clients, advising them on how to achieve goals, investigate new opportunities, and incorporate strategies that address gaining the competitive edge over the applicants in the job market.

Job Development & Placement

Our staff has established and maintained partnerships with employers in the targeted areas to improve the economic conditions of disadvantaged, low, and moderate income persons by providing employment and training opportunities.

Approximately 400 persons receive job placement assistance each year. Clients are placed in subsidized or unsubsidized positions. Subsidized positions are defined as jobs supported by funds from two

sources, the employer and the sponsoring agency, for a specified period of time and are characterized as training. Unsubsidized positions are defined as positions that are supported 100% by a public or private entity. Subsidized positions require training in the first stage with job retention in full-time employment, provided the client performs the job satisfactorily.

Clients are placed in a variety of positions, from labor intensive to professional positions. The organization’s staff continuously markets the organization through an aggressive recruitment campaign to attract potential employers. That campaign includes sending mailers to churches, community and civic organizations, and public service announcements for client recruitment. Telephone inquires, letters and making corporate presentations are recruitment strategies used to attract employers.

Our organization’s staff assesses clients to determine the appropriate career paths and make referrals based on experience, career aspirations, knowledge and expertise in specific fields. CHTCDC uses a case management system to address the needs of clients, ensuring that basic needs are met, thereby reducing the likelihood of a premature or unplanned job or program separation.

Clients receive counseling at predetermined intervals in training and are monitored during training and for a period of ninety (90) days after placement in full time unsubsidized positions

Special Programs

CHCTDC and the ACE Program, in conjunction with the Community College of the District of Columbia, will be bringing a FREE Customer Service Skills Training course to Columbia Heights Village!

This course is held on site in the ACE Learning Center and will enable each dedicated student with the skills and certification to obtain just about any customer service related job on the market. Once each dedicated student has completed the course and internship, they will be assisted with job placement.