Modern youth apprenticeship connects students to opportunities and employers to talent.


Modern youth apprenticeship connects students to opportunities and employers to talent.

CareerWise DC is a modern youth apprenticeship program based in Washington, DC.

CareerWise DC offers a three-year applied-learning environment for high school students and an innovative talent-acquisition strategy for businesses. With an apprenticeship, students earn debt-free college credit and nationally-recognized industry certifications through meaningful work experience in the IT, financial services, and business operations fields–all while graduating on time.

CareerWise DC is brought to you by CityWorks DC and is supported by CityBridge Education. We are an affiliate of CareerWise USA. CityWorks DC’s mission is to reshape education-to-employment pathways in Washington, D.C. so that more young people are equipped with the “social mobility trifecta”— 1) paid, relevant work experience, 2) valuable certifications and credentials, and 3) a supportive professional network (i.e., social capital).


Together, we are connecting education and industry.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead
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A targeted path to success

Too many young people enter college without an understanding of how higher education can further their career goals (or even what their career goals are). Apprenticeship helps shape ideas about career while building transferable skills.

Creating a skilled workforce

Even in times of low unemployment, many jobs go unfilled because employers cannot find people with the right skillset because too often, students graduate from high school and college without the advanced-skills needed to be successful in today’s 21st-century workforce.

An innovative approach to an existing model

In Switzerland, more than 70 percent of students take an apprenticeship in fields such as financial services, healthcare and information technology. CareerWise is adapting that model to implement modern youth apprenticeships in the United States.

A different look at learning

CareerWise offers a three-year apprenticeship designed by businesses and offered in partnership with schools, taking students out of the classroom and putting them in the workplace in meaningful, paid positions for 16 – 24 hours a week while earning high-school and college credit.

Apprenticeship is an options multiplier!

Apprentices complete the program having gained meaningful work experience, an industry certification, debt-free college credit, and an established professional network. And, they have options: convert the apprenticeship into a high-demand position in their industry, continue their education, or both!

Business-led & student-centered

Industry helped develop the competencies to which apprentices are trained, and are in complete control of the competitive hiring process. The CareerWise model provides positive ROI on apprentice production and can help develop staff through low-risk management opportunities.

Creating an empowering education partnership

The innovative approach provides an environment for learners to apply their classroom studies to a real-world environment with stakes. Apprenticeship has been shown to contribute to positive outcomes for schools by increasing student engagement and attendance, graduation rates and credential and college-credit attainment.

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