Since 1986, the institution has grown to become Uganda's first chartered Other Degree Awarding Institution (ODAI) with over 30 NCHE-accredited vocational and technical courses.
YMCA Comprehensive Institute (YCI) was created by the Uganda Young Men’s Christian Association (the foundation body) to impart practical vocational skills to the youth and other vulnerable groups. The Institute has two campuses: one located on Buganda Road, Plot 37-41, Wandegeya in Central Uganda, and another located at Buwambo-Matugga on Bombo Road in Nansana, Municipality-Wakiso District.
The Institute has gone through a series of advancements (steps) in its endeavors to achieve its vision and mission. Currently, the Institution holds the status of the first chartered Other Degree Awarding Institute (ODAI) in the area of vocational practical hands-on skills training. YCI offers a wide range of professionally oriented hands-on programs at the level of degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other general life-skilling short programs. These programs are offered during the day, evening, and weekends.