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OUC Junior Academy

The Office of Unified Communications' Junior Academy is a free of cost, five (5) week program that aims to familiarize high school students to OUC career opportunities with hopes to onboard participants who have a passion for public safety and serving residents.

The next cohort of the OUC Junior Academy will begin in September 2024. The sessions include:  

  • An overview of 911 and 311 communications and call handling simulations  
  • A question-and-answer session with OUC leadership 
  • A mock CritiCall test, the national pre-employment test for 911 call takers and dispatchers 
  • Visits with our public safety partners at DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DC Fire and EMS), Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS), DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA), and more. 
  • A graduation ceremony and certificate of completion 

If you would like to join the OUC Junior Academy, please complete the interest form.  

If you are ready to start your career at OUC, please visit