Finding your first job is hard – but we can help! If you are 16-24 years old, and you’ve never worked before, or you don’t have much experience, our Young Adult Opportunity Program (YAOP) is the perfect place to start building your resume and filling your wallet.

Montgomery County’s Young Adult Opportunity Program team will guide you on your path to independence and self-sufficiency by helping you develop your educational and employment goals. A great way to start exploring career options is by assessing your strengths and interests. Our counselors will talk you through the process and help you understand which job skills are necessary to land the position you want.

In addition to career coaching and counseling, we provide job readiness training, which can make you more valuable to your new boss. And, don’t underestimate the power of volunteer work, internships–unpaid and paid–can all lead to employment.

Available services and resources include:

  • Job Preparation Skills
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Interview Coaching / Mock Interviews
  • Training Opportunities
  • Resume Building
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Pathway Explorer
    A 5-day job readiness training program to prepare you for the world of work.
  • Vocational School Training
    We can connect you to trainings through our community partners, i.e. Montgomery College.
  • GED & High School Completion Options
    We can provide the connection to a GED program in your area.
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
    We provide one-on-one coaching and workshops help you become financially stable.
  • Certification and Credentials
    We have on- and off-site trainings that will provide you with industry certifications and credentials.

Certification Programs Include:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • National Retail Federation Customer Service
  • Gold Customer Service
  • Flagger
  • Microsoft Word & Excel

We target the top industry sectors in Montgomery County:

  • Information Technology
  • Bioscience
  • Health Professions
  • Construction
  • Hospitality

In addition to these industries, our account manager and trainer will assist you in finding viable opportunities based on your skillset and interests.

We have industry and employer-specific hiring events. Check the WorkSource Montgomery calendar to see if there are any upcoming events scheduled.

Stay informed on the latest workforce development trends, insights, and our local partnerships in Montgomery County.
For both the individual job seeker and the community organizations that support them, this newsletter provides job search resources and information on job fairs, hiring events, and workshops available in our community.

Contact Us

    American Job Center Locations


    Upcounty Regional Services Center*
    12900 Middlebrook Road, First Floor
    Germantown, MD 20874, USA
    Phone: 240.406.5485
    Fax: 301.685.5569


    Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm


    11510 Georgia Avenue, First Floor
    Wheaton, MD 20902
    Phone: 301.929.6880
    TTY: 301.962.4083


    Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm