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Grad Nyaisha Lands Job At Xerox After Building Experience And Skills Through Per Scholas

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in News, Student of the Month | 0 comments

Nyaisha is 21-years old and works at one of the largest multinational corporations in the world:  Xerox. It goes without saying that Nyaisha is smart. But, she is so more than tech smart; this girl has vision way beyond her years. Nyaisha grew up in the Bronx with her parents and her younger brother. At age 18, when all of her friends were saying “yes” to  expensive four-year colleges and universities, Nyaisha pressed pause. She knew that investing in an expensive education would be fruitless unless she truly knew what she wanted to do...

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Per Scholas to Celebrate Grand Opening at CityLink Center, July 21

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

National IT Training Program is newest collaborative partner to CityLink’s West End campus Cincinnati, OH— Nationally-recognized IT job training nonprofit Per Scholas is celebrating the opening of its new location in the CityLink Center with a grand opening event open to the public on July 21 at 800 Bank Street. The event will run from 1:30-3:30 PM EDT. Guests will tour the technology training facility, meet graduates and current students, and learn about Per Scholas’ high-impact technology job training. Remarks will be made by Vice...

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“It’s surreal that just a few months ago I was unemployed.” – Grad King Oquendo turns to Per Scholas to help him launch a promising career

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in News, Student of the Month | 0 comments

This year at the annual Robin Hood Foundation Benefit, world-renowned journalist Katie Couric took the stage in front the A-list 4,000 person audience to introduce the story of Per Scholas graduate King Oquendo. As the jumbo screens cued his story, King watched from his seat among the rest at the Benefit. “I couldn’t believe it. Katie Couric said my name!” His story brought the house down and the spotlight went on him as he stood and waved to the crowd who was now cheering him on. Growing up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, King was born...

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Graduate Rita Knaff Takes the Stage at African-American Leadership Symposium

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News, Student of the Month | 0 comments

Cincinnati graduate Rita Knaff took the stage today at the 2015 Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Symposium, a gathering of African American CIOs to promote more diversity in executive-level IT positions across the country. Before Per Scholas Rita worked as a flight attendant for 19 years. When she was suddenly laid off, she didn’t know what to do with her life. Through word of mouth she found Per Scholas, and is now a Project Coordinator at IT firm Pomeroy. Here’s what she had to say:   Good afternoon....

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In his early 20s, grad Chris now has a life he never thought possible.

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Student of the Month | 0 comments

Chris is living proof of how determination, hard work, and an open mind can lead to a pretty sweet life. His journey is remarkable. When Chris was 19, he had held hourly wage jobs at Walmart and NAPA Auto Parts. He attempted to take a few college classes but was intimidated and discouraged, especially by the cost. He felt lost. One morning he awoke and something was very wrong. He couldn’t move a single muscle in his body. His mom had already left for work for the day and came home hours later to find him in this state. Alarmed, she rushed...

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Enormous Support for Per Scholas Dallas Grand Opening Celebration on June 18

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Enormous Support for Per Scholas Dallas Grand Opening Celebration on June 18

“There are a lot of people who helped make this possible,” said current Per Scholas student Brandon Kinney as he looked around in awe at the 70 plus guests at the Per Scholas Dallas grand opening held today, June 18. Brandon and his fellow classmates greeted guests upon arrival and provided tours of the new Per Scholas space. Everyone who has been invested in Per Scholas Dallas since the beginning joined the celebration – CitySquare, Capital One, TEKSystems, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Workday, the Women of Saint Michael’s, the...

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Nsia Realizes her Dream Career in Tech through Per Scholas

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Student of the Month | 0 comments

“I was someone who had a lot of things against them. There were a lot of things I had to overcome while I was at Per Scholas but I didn’t let anything stop me. Per Scholas’ message is you can do anything. And it’s true. You can do anything.” Nsia is smart; she’s tough. She’s a hard worker. She loves electronics. And, she’s taken all these attributes to launch her tech career at University of Maryland University College. After high school, Nsia attended Grambling State University in Louisiana, pursuing a Bachelors in Engineering...

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Employer-Driven Model at Per Scholas Helps Joetta Launch a Successful Career at Signature Partner Nationwide

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Scanning the giant cork board at the employment center in Columbus, Ohio, Joetta found the postcard advertising Per Scholas’ CompTIA A+ training. There were hundreds of postings with similar education and job training opportunities, but Joetta decided to give Per Scholas a chance. She grabbed the postcard along with a few others. Skeptical of the “free” statement the Per Scholas course offered, she said to herself, “If it’s no more than $10,000, I can probably pull the funds together to make it work.” Joetta was determined to...

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Per Scholas Dallas Open House & Grand Opening June 18

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in News | 0 comments

DALLAS, May 29, 2015 — Dallas has been extremely welcoming to Per Scholas. We invite the press and public for a grand opening ceremony and open house June 18 at our location within CitySquare’s South Dallas Opportunity Center at 1610 S. Malcolm X Boulevard from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Guests will be able to tour the technology training facility, meet graduates from the first IT-Ready class and current students, hear from our partners at CitySquare, Capital One, and more, and learn about our high-impact technology job training and...

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JPMorgan Chase Makes Substantial Investment in Per Scholas Dallas

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in News | 0 comments

JPMORGAN CHASE MAKES SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN PER SCHOLAS DALLAS Award comes with announcement of Skills Gap Report, Offers Roadmap for Tackling Dallas-Fort Worth Skills Gap, Per Scholas Recognized as Effective Solution DALLAS, May 21, 2015 – JPMorgan Chase & Co. today awarded Per Scholas a two-year funding grant of $500,000 to support its Dallas information technology job training. The award was announced with the release of its Skills Gap Report for Dallas-Fort Worth, describing the opportunity gap between the thousands of...

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