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Our Mission: Break the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, training and job placement services for people in underserved communities.

About Us: Founded in 1995 as a neighborhood-based effort to increase access to personal computers, Per Scholas was an early pioneer in bridging the digital divide for families and children in the South Bronx — the nation’s poorest Congressional District.

Now, continuing this formative work, we operate the largest and oldest professional IT workforce development program in New York City, a series of free, multi-week professional IT job training courses and career development and placement services, and embarked on an ambitious national expansion with new locations in Columbus, OH and Cincinnati, OH, and the National Capital Region serving 80 individuals in each city a year. An additional city will open in late 2014 with more following. A focus of our national expansion will be the training of impoverished people without regard to their ability to pay.

While expanding, Per Scholas is continuing entrepreneurial growth in its South Bronx headquarters. In 2014, the Urban Development Center (UDC) launched through a public-private venture with IT consulting firm Doran Jones. Operating in the same facility as Per Scholas headquarters, Doran Jones will provide software testing services for multiple clients out of the UDC employing 150 Per Scholas Software Testing Education Program (STEP) graduates in its first 12 months. Once operating, Doran Jones and Per Scholas plan to replicate the UDC model as part of the overall national expansion strategy. The two partners established a commitment to action with the Clinton Global Initiative America to reshore 500 software testing jobs over the next three years.

As a result of these initiatives, more than 800 individuals will be served in 2014 through our programs — adding to the 4,500 in our history. Our outcomes resulted in Per Scholas being named one of the top 100 high-impact nonprofits in America.

We are grateful for the support we receive from many partners, including some of the nation’s leading foundations and corporations. We work closely with elected and appointed government officials and public agencies, as well as a large network of other community service providers. More than 250 volunteers contribute to our work each year.

We are excited about our future and the opportunities we are creating for thousands of economically dispossessed and dislocated workers, their families and communities. We hope you will join with us.

To find out more about Per Scholas, visit Per Scholas in the News, our Urban Development Center pageCorporate Partners & Supporters, Board of Directors, Staff, Careers at Per Scholas, or apply to our training.