LAYC Career Academy
- District of Columbia
Students at the LAYC Career Academy leave the school fully prepared for a career and college. To graduate, students have the choice of becoming a Medical Assistant, obtaining A+ Certification in the field of Information Technology, or earning six college credits (the equivalent of two Advanced Placement classes).
Medical Assistants have average starting salaries of $30,000 per year including benefits and good opportunities for growth. The demand for these jobs is expected to grow by 35% over ten years. A+ Certified computer hardware technicians earn entry-level salaries of $35,000 or more plus benefits and great advancement opportunities.
Jobs in Information Technology, including those for A+ Certified Technicians, are amongst the fastest growing occupations in the region.
Students can also start their college education by completing six college credits (the equivalent of two AP classes) through LAYC's partnership with Bard College, Trinity Washington University, and the University of the District of Columbia Community College.
The Career Academy's program is grounded in positive youth development principles that foster skills like self-awareness, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and resilience. The school uses an advisor-advocate model, community building, student recognition programs, and social activities to create a school environment in which students feel comfortable and valued.