The NCIA Youth in Transition School offers several vocational education programs including Automotive, Barbering, Culinary Arts & Horticulture. Participation in these programs not only gives students a foundation of work skills but also leads to post-secondary opportunities for our students, including licensure, college, and employment. Students identify their career preferences and are placed accordingly based on vocational assessments and other tools. Click on a vocational program below to learn more:
The mission of the automotive vocational training program is to train and educate students in basic automotive repair skills, job readiness and life management skills. A graduate of this program will acquire sufficient technical knowledge and experience in the general aspects of standard automotive maintenance and to be employable as an entry level automotive technician in an automotive service center. The curriculum will teach students to perform standard automobile maintenance, such as oil change and tire repair/change. The training facility includes a two bay operation that replicates a standard automotive lube and tire service center. Included in the facility will be all the necessary sophisticated lubrication delivery and tire maintenance equipment.
The Barbering Theory curriculum provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the barbering trade – training them for employment in the field. Students are instructed in the safe and proper use of barbering equipment, as well as the required health and safety standards associated with providing barbering services. Students enrolled in this program work to earn the necessary 1200 skill hours in order to sit for the Maryland State Barbers exam. To further promote employability in today’s barber shops and salons, emphasis is placed on 21st century barbering-styling techniques and contemporary hairstyles. The NCIA Youth in Transition School follows the Prince George’s County, Maryland Public School’s curriculum as a guide, modifying as needed for our students.
The Culinary Arts program prepares our students for employment in the food service and hospitality industry. Students are involved in practical work in the kitchen, as well as related class work, to develop skills in sanitation, storage, food preparation, and the safe handling of food. They receive practical experience in planning, preparation, and the serving of meals through interaction with school visitor groups, staff and fellow students. This program is truly unique, in that we have a restaurant named GEBS at NCIA! GEBS will serve as a carry-out restaurant, which will be open the general public for breakfast and lunch hours. This will give students an opportunity to gain real world experience cooking and managing daily operations at a restaurant! Our strong relationship with the Maryland Restaurant Association, allows us to give our students the best tools and preparation for training. By the completion of this program, our students will acquire the skills and attitude they’ll need for successful employment in the community.
The Horticulture program prepares our students in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, and greenhouse management. Students become proficient in tasks such as propagating plants, preparing seedbeds and soil mixes, keeping supply inventories, watering and fertilizing plants as needed, creating floral arrangements, and identifying the presence of pests and disease and treating each accordingly – skills they’ll need for future jobs such as landscapers, greenhouse staff, and florists. Our Horticulture students will also be working directly with the students in our Culinary Program, by transporting produce to be used in the culinary kitchen for meals to be served at our restaurant named GEBS at NCIA (see Culinary Arts for GEBS description). This a great opportunity for our students to understand and directly experience the full process of growing, nurturing and harvesting produce to be used and sold in a real commercial restaurant! By the end of this program, students will acquire the attitude and skills they’ll need for successful employment in the community.