HOC Academy Newsletter | January 2019
HOC Youth Academy
Applications Being Accepted for The Bernie Scholarship
  • Scholarship funds are available for individuals who seek college or vocational training.

  • Applications must be completed by Friday, March 1, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.


Free Video Production Classes for High School Students
  • Lights, cameras, action! Students can earn SSL hours while learning valuable digital media skills to produce videos about community-focused topics.

  • Beginning the week of January 29, these free classes meet weekly from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for 16 weeks.

  • Students can choose the most convenient location.
  • Aspen Hill Library (Tuesdays)
  • Kensington Park Library (Tuesdays)
  • Rockville Library (Wednesdays)
  • White Oak Library (Wednesdays)
  • Downtown Silver Spring (Thursdays)

Adult Education & Workforce Development
Get Tuition Assistance for Montgomery College
Guldesky Institute Programs
  • Tuition assistance is available for HOC customers who enroll in programs at Montgomery College’s Guldesky Institute for Technical Education click here to see eligible courses. 

WorkSource Montgomery
  • Searching for a new career? Looking for workforce training? Or, do you need assistance with your resume and interviewing skills? WorkSource Montgomery is here to help!


  • Need a referral for one of the programs? No problem! Simply email AEWD@hocmc.org using the subject line "WorkSource".
Take Charge of Your Credit in 2019
Don't let poor credit stop you from obtaining employment or housing learn how to take charge of your credit in 2019 by attending the Financial Literacy Workshop.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
12900 Middlebrook Road (First Floor) Germantown, Maryland 20874


This workshop is sponsored by the Housing Opportunities Commission in partnership with WorkSource Montgomery. For more information, click on the flyer or email FLCoach@hocmc.org .
Become an IT or Project Management Professional
Looking for a career change?
Come to IT Busters' Open House!

Saturday, January 19, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 p.m.
15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 30
Rockville, Maryland 20850

IT Busters offers classes in basic computer literacy, cyber security, project scheduling and more!


To learn more, visit www.IT-Busters.com , email gapbusteroffice@gmail.com
 or call (301) 779-4252.
Fatherhood Initiative Program Seeks Participants
  • Fathers or legal guardians interested in participating in free activities with their children, improving relationship-building skills or attending job-readiness workshops should join the Fatherhood Initiative Program TODAY! 

  • We provide a safe and supportive environment for fathers to grow and become the best role models they can be.

  • The Fatherhood Initiative is open to any father that has children living in HOC housing, participating in HOC housing programs, or on the HOC waitlist regardless of age.

Employment Opportunities
Recruiting by Staffing Now
  • Staffing Now is recruiting for accounting and clerical positions!

  • If you are interested in working in this field or have experience and are searching for employment, email your resume to AEWD@hocmc.org using the subject line "Staffing Now". 
Additional Resources
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Free GED Practice Testing Opportunities
  • The Trio-Educational Opportunity Center is offering free GED practice test opportunities!

  • Next testing opportunity is Friday, January 11, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm; all participants must arrive by 12:15 pm.

  • To reserve a space, call (240) 567-5644.

  • Monthly testing opportunities are scheduled through May in Rockville and Silver Spring.

Online Courses Available for GED Preparation
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Are you ready to get your high school diploma?

Sign up for Maryland i-Pathways GED Test Preparation Classes, a teacher-supported online learning program that is free to Maryland residents! To learn more and register, attend the next Orientation and Assessment session.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 9:30 am
Westfield South Office Building
11002 Veirs Mill Road in Silver Spring

Get Referrals for Community ESOL Resources


  • For referrals or more information, email AEWD@hocmc.org using the subject line "ESOL Classes".

For information on additional resources throughout Montgomery County, visit the  Montgomery County Community Action Agency  and  sign up to receive their monthly newsletter!