SOME Center for Employment Training (CET) is well-equipped to fill your workforce needs or to serve as a safe place for your clients to prepare for a long-term, sustainable career in today’s workforce. SOME CET trains students for success now as a trainee in the program and to remain successful after graduation and during employment.
Employers can serve as an externship site or host a career development training day at our training facility. (Please note that due to COVID precautions, all volunteering opportunities remain virtual.) At SOME CET, every trainee is pre-screened to meet the specific requirements of our employers. We also provide graduates and their employers with a life-long network of support. In addition, SOME CET is a drug-free environment—all trainees are screened for illegal substances at the start of the program and periodically throughout the duration of their training.
SOME CET specializes in providing a holistic approach that starts with open entry and exit. We do not have sessions or semesters, which allows new students to start each week. The program is self-paced with the average student completing the program within 24 weeks (six months).
The job training programs operate Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm., except for Federal Holidays, unscheduled Federal Government closings, delays, and scheduled CET closings for students.
Get to Know the CET Way
All trainees enter the program with a 10-day probation period where they cannot be late, absent, or leave early for any reason during that time. For each program, trainees learn industry-specific content and skills, are assigned to an externship site for hands-on work experience and given the opportunity to take the industry certification exam free of charge.
The SOME CET workforce training model includes four developmental segments:
Students are evaluated academically via the CASAS test to determine where they stand in mathematics and reading throughout their time in the program to track progress.
SOME CET recognizes that basic skills like math, reading, and grammar are critical to career development. We follow an integrated, contextualized model where students learn basic skills in their industry context and all basic skills instruction is co-taught by both industry and adult basic education instructors and integrated into the industry curriculum.
This segment addresses the barriers that have prevented the students from success in the past. Students receive employment preparation, such as case management and workshops in money management. Life skills are strengthened through one-on-one counseling and psycho-educational groups. This segment also includes a retention aspect where students are contacted once a month for 12 months after graduation to check on employment status and offers incentives for maintaining full-time employment.
Trainees increase their vocational training by utilizing workplace tools, attending industry presentations and field trips, and much more. Additionally, competency tests are used to assure that trainees thoroughly understand each content area.
Our Talent Development Department provides students, graduates, and their employers with a life-long network of support.
After graduation, ongoing follow-up services are provided, including job coaching, monthly check-ins, and support services, to ensure that graduates meet and exceed employers’ expectations. SOME CET also supports graduates with ongoing career development planning, mentoring, our alumni network, and after-work seminars.
Employers seeking to partner with SOME CET may contact our Community Engagement Manager Shakitha Leavy at [email protected]
Schedule time to conduct a site tour of our new facility, or invite us to your organization to host an information session or participate in a community event. For outreach opportunities, please call 202.292.4460.