For 30 years, underserved youth and adults who want opportunities to succeed have received comprehensive support at The Training Source — all at no cost. The goal is for unemployed adults to complete an internationally recognized certification, access placement services, and land a job. High school students participate in a three-year college and career exploration program. Young adults prepare for successful careers through a six-week employability skills training program. The Training Source also provides job seekers with professional clothing, assists those who are applying for social services, and provides free internet access and laptops for participant use. Nearly 100% of adults who complete the training earn a certification and over 75% secure work, while others transition to complimentary programs that help them move along their journey to success. Economic mobility is what it’s all about.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: Central High School; Crossland High School; Forestville High School; Potomac High School; Suitland High School

Awards & Recognition

Standards For Excellence® - October 2009


  • Cuts compound pain for jobless
    Thu Jan 20 2011, The Washington Post  
    Being laid off from her job of 18 years in 2007 was not the first challenge Tomeka Crusoe-Smith faced in the past decade.

Budget (FY0)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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