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We all have something that drives us to be our best. Turn your passion into a plan, and join us for a breakout year of career growth.

How To Apply

Below are the basic steps for applying. The application process may vary slightly in your area. But don’t worry, we’re always here to help you along the way.

Application Process

STEP 1: Attend Your Info Session

We know our program is different than the norm. That’s why we want to make sure you understand all we offer and how far Year Up can take you. Take the first step. Join us for an info session online or in-person.

STEP 2: Complete Application

Submit application and supporting documents. Documents include proof of high school diploma or GED, work history, proof of ability to work in the U.S. (we welcome DACA), references, and a brief personal essay. We’ll provide the application after your info session.

STEP 3: Academic Review

The academic review and assessment help our career and education experts understand your starting point so that we can support your learning and professional development in the best way possible.

STEP 4: Attend Your Interview

We want to hear about you. Why are you interested in Year Up? What motivates you? How can we help you overcome any obstacle to your success in our program? Knowing our students is the first step in giving them the best training possible.

STEP 5: Enroll In College

If applying to a college-based Year Up program, you need to also apply and enroll with our college partner and complete the FAFSA form to secure financial aid. We can help with the details, but suggest you start these applications along with your Year Up application.

STEP 6: Your “Year Up” Begins

If accepted, your year of learning valuable technical and professional skills begins. You can look forward to career training, courses eligible for college credit, stipend payments, a corporate internship, a professional mentor, and our ongoing support.

How you can become a Year Up student

Training begins in January and August. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, until the class is filled. We are now accepting applicants for January 2019! We encourage you to apply early as space is limited.

Step 1: Submit an Interest Form

Take a moment to let us know you’re interested in applying. Fill out an interest form online.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

Come by and see what we’re all about! Once you complete a student interest form here, you will receive details for an online Information Session or the option to RSVP for an in-person Information Session. Year Up National Capital Region is located at the following locations:

  • National Capital Region – Alexandria Campus: Northern Virginia Community College, 500 Dawes Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • National Capital Region – Arlington Campus: 1901 South Bell Street Suite 100, Arlington (Crystal City), VA 22202 – We are one block away from the Crystal City METRO Station.
  • National Capital Region – Woodbridge Campus: Northern Virginia Community College, 2645 College Drive, Woodbridge VA 22191
If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate person below:
  • DC residents – cwinfield@yearup.org
  • MD residents – jphillips@yearup.org
  • VA residents – danderson@yearup.org

Step 3: Complete the Application

Complete the electronic application that will be emailed to you following the online interest form.

Your application will need to include:

  • Application packet
  • Career Track Essay
  • References (see application)
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Official high school/college transcripts
  • Proof of citizenship, social security card, and/or birth certificate

Please plan to bring ALL your supplemental information with you to your interview.

Step 4: Appointments & Interviews

Once you attend an Information Session and complete your application, if you are qualified, you can expect to return to Year Up for several other appointments throughout the admissions process. These appointments include an academic assessment, as well as a group and one-on-one interview. For all appointments and interviews, be prepared to arrive on time and dressed in professional attire.

Applicants who are accepted to Year Up will be notified via phone or mail.