The founders of NETA have been working in the enrichment industry for over thirty years, in almost every capacity the field has to offer – as teachers, administrators, program owners and consultants.

NETA began its work in 1996, when the Academy of Children’s Services (what has evolved into NETA today) began offering competency education, vocational training and job placement services to enrichment teachers in the Los Angeles area. The program was the first of its kind and was registered as a vocational school with the California Council for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education. Teachers were required to attend lectures, seminars and pass a proficiency exam. The idea was so well received by schools and other venues which provided enrichment programming that it was eventually developed into the certification programs that NETA offers today.

As the enrichment industry has gained a greater degree of prominence and notoriety over the years, there has been a groundswell of voices - not just from schools and other enrichment providers, but from parent groups and community leaders as well, all demanding the training and certification of teachers to meet the needs of the enrichment class of today…and NETA is leading the way.