The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives was founded in 1977 to better the lives of individuals historically living in the shadows of society.
In 2017, we opened the doors to a transformative place — the Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center (VTC) — named for our co-founder and CEO. Established in Baltimore, this vocational training center has been an uplifting success, providing important vocational training and support services to formerly incarcerated citizens, veterans, the homeless and other economically disadvantaged individuals — with the mission “To equip participants with marketable skill sets to foster career opportunities.” Our goal is for each participant to become a productive and fulfilled member of society.
Each one of our graduates is a success story, and we look forward to helping write many more.
Let’s Grow Together
Today, the VTC offers several vocational training programs including automotive repair, commercial driver’s license class B, small unmanned aerial systems (drone), HVAC/R and culinary arts. Several members of the staff have been participants of the VTC, which enables them to be better equipped to teach the incoming students to ensure they succeed in work and in life.
``NCIA has made a difference in my life because they gave me hope. They gave me the self-esteem and confidence that I needed to rebuild myself and reinvent myself. I can be successful as a woman (in this business). The staff is incredible and the support is here for someone to listen to you and this is definitely a judgment-free zone.``
Upon successful completion of the programs, our graduates earn industry-recognized credentials to assist with securing good and stable jobs. To complement the training services, VTC provides a comprehensive approach to job readiness with its Workforce Development Institute. Supported by individualized case management, the VTC is positioned to empower communities and change lives.
We are proud to partner with a number of companies to provide meaningful jobs for our graduates. It’s more than just job placement, it’s about creating a new life for those in your community.