UTEC: A Model Approach to Self-Reliance and Economic Empowerment
The United Training and Employment Center, Inc. (UTEC) is a 501(c)(3) Career Development, School Referral and Job Placement agency that is staffed by seasoned professional counselors. UTEC’s Founder and President is Clayton A. Roberts, a U.S. Air Force Korean War Veteran. The original UTEC mission and vision was to provide job skills, training and support for retirees, those discharged from the Armed Services and those who seem to be inextricably tied to the public benefits system, for various socioeconomic reasons, including not actively seeking gainful employment. This mission has been expanded to include job skills training for senior citizens, which enhances the likelihood that this program can be successfully replicated in other jurisdictions.
UTEC looks forward to the opportunity to introduce your training model to the various Departments of Corrections (Parole & Probation) and Human Services (Social Services), as well as the many Senior Citizens Group in jurisdictions nationwide. Our plan is to accept referrals of potential students from these organizations to be interviewed, evaluated and sometimes tested by our counselors before being enrolled in your job skills facility. This process is designed to ensure the best chances for successfully completing the program.
During the enrollment process, each potential student is processed to receive a federal grant to pay his or her full tuition for the classes. With the extensive curriculum offered your participating school facility, UTEC represents a new and improved extension of service toward the future of these municipalities that can readily be applied, internally and externally, either as a core requirement or as a “pilot project” leading to a mandatory stipulation by these Departments. The goal of the program is for enrollees to gain the skills they need to find and sustained employment in the workforce.
Because of its rich heritage, broad ethnic and cultural bases, the UTEC model is well suited to the Washington metropolitan area and later for replication in other jurisdictions across the United States. We are expecting potential students to be referred to UTEC by the Department of Human Services on a rolling basis, as well as other social service agencies supported by the D.C. Office on Aging.
General Terms and Conditions:
In order for UTEC to add your school as one of its referral sources for enrollment, we need:
(1) confirmation of a designated contact person who will be responsible for all phases of your institution’s participation in the Program;
(2) a brochure or course manual identifying the curriculum; and
(3) a letter indicating your school’s participation in the Program. Meanwhile, you are invited to visit our website: utecworks.org. I look forward to visiting with you in person to work out detailed arrangements.