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Career Pathways

College Pathway

LAYCCA prepares students interested in a postsecondary degree by providing academic coursework intended to ensure their success in college. As participants in the College Pathway, students earn college credits through the Dual Enrollment Program. Dual Enrollment students take courses through our partnerships with Bard College and the University of the District of Columbia Community College. The courses are at no cost to the student. Students may also do this in conjunction with the Medical Assistant or Information Technology Pathway programs.

In addition to supporting Dual Enrollment, the College and Career Access Department at LAYCCA helps students take the next step in their own educational and career pathway by:

  • Holding weekly professional development workshops for college pathway students
  • Providing help with college classes
  • Providing advice and help with applying to college and paying for it
  • Taking college tours
  • Providing career advice
Whether you are considering attending college while at LAYCCA or just pondering your future options, the following websites are helpful to explore: For further information, please contact Doug Lerley, Director of Career and College Access at douglas@laycca.org.

Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant (MA) Program is comprised of two main parts: classroom instruction and internship. The classroom instruction is measured in hours in the classroom and evaluated by written exams and demonstrated skills. The program includes 8 modules. Students must spend a minimum of 300 hours in the classroom and 300 hours in an internship placement to complete the MA program. Students in the Medical Assistant pathway spend 2-4 hours in Medical Assistant training per day. Once students progress to internships, they will typically spend 2-4 days at the internship site and the remaining days at LAYCCA.

Medical Assistant courses are open to students who reach 228 or higher on the reading portion of the NWEA. Students who have yet to qualify for the MA courses may take MA-focused classes such as Science for MA or Reading for MA. Students who have prior training in the medical field should speak to the Director of the Medical Assistant Pathway to design an individual plan for success.

Learn More About the Medical Assistant Pathway

Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) program begins with the IC3 GS5 (Internet and computing Core Certification). IC3 certification includes three separate exams that can all be taken at a Certiport Authorized Testing Center. To learn more about the IC3 program, click here. Computing Fundamentals. Computer Hardware, Peripherals and Troubleshooting. Computer Software (Windows, Macintosh OS, Linux, Ubuntu) Using an Operating System. Key Applications Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher Living Online Communication Networks and the Internet Electronic Communication and Collaboration Using the Internet and the World Wide Web The Impact of Computing and the Internet on Society

The recommended preparation time for this certification is 75 hours, or 25 hours per exam. Students are able to move through this program at their own pace. After earning the IC3, students in the IT pathway continue in the program by earning the Comptia A+ Technician credential. This includes a series of two tests, with a recommended preparation time of 300 hours.

In order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass two exams.

CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.

CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.

To learn more about the A+ Certitication program, click here.

Learn More About the Information Technology Pathway
The LAYCCA PCS is open to any resident of the District of Columbia between the ages of 16 and 24. LAYC Career Academy PCS prohibits discrimination on the basis of a studentís race, color, religion, national origin, language spoken, intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a student with special needs.