Year Up provides low-income high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18 to 24, with a year of information technology (IT) and Investment Operations training, leading to technical careers, with starting salaries of over $35,000. In 2006, Year Up opened an office in the Washington, DC area (the office is located in Arlington, VA). The site is posting impressive outcomes:
- 90 percent of graduates are placed in jobs within four months of graduation, averaging $38,000 a year;
- More than 85 percent of Year Up’s corporate partners continue to renew their commitment to future classes; and
- 91 percent of corporate partners express satisfaction with apprentices.
With funding from the Abell Foundation, Year Up is now serving Baltimore area high school graduates and its program offices are co-located on BCCC’s Liberty campus. Students entering the Year Up program co-enroll in BCCC and Year Up at the start of each academic semester. Students study in the classroom for six months before completing six-month internships with area employers, including American Sugar Refinery, Inc., Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, T. Rowe Price, Morgan Stanley, and the University of Maryland Medical System.
In 2014, Year Up served 90 students. Year Up achieved its highest retention rate to date with the July 2014 graduating class, with 75 percent completing the overall program (classwork and internship). As of December 2014, of the 30 students, 14 are employed full-time with an average starting wage of $13 an hour, 13 are attending college full-time, and three are both enrolled in college and working.