The LAYC Career Academy (LAYCCA) opened in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC in Fall 2012. LAYCCA sets high expectations for disconnected youth 16-24 years of age by providing a college preparatory, GED curriculum and the opportunity to gain college credits before graduation. The school is built upon the central beliefs that:
*All youth can and must obtain either a college degree or industry-recognized credential.
*Students grow by recognizing their own strengths, using them to overcome obstacles, and setting and achieving ambitious academic and career goals.
*Disconnected youth will succeed academically and personally with the help of high-quality, culturally appropriate education and support services.
All graduates will complete a college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to Common Core State Standards and pass the GED exam. Students will also achieve one of three outcomes before graduating: become a Medical Assistant; become an A+ Certified Computer Hardware Technician; or complete six college credits through the Career Academy’s partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia or Trinity College.
The LAYC Career Academy was founded by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), www.layc-dc.org. LAYC is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, multi-service agency serving low-income youth across the District of Columbia and in Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. LAYC works with over 4,000 individuals each year to support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and guide youth toward successful adulthood. – less