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Per Scholas Grad Lidio Rodriguez featured in New York Times

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Per Scholas Grad Lidio Rodriguez featured in New York Times

Per Scholas graduate Lidio Rodriguez was featured in the New York Times Neediest Cases series November 16, 2014. The story “After Seeking Help, a Student Finds Path a to a Job” reported and written by John Otis. “One of the things I had to learn was how to fail,” said Lidio Rodriguez. “But I’m doing everything I can to make sure my future is as far away from that as possible.” To read the entire New York Times article, click...

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Per Scholas Launches End of Year Campaign: New Beginnings

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Per Scholas Launches End of Year Campaign: New Beginnings

We all know what it feels like to land a job — the joy it brings, the sense of relief, the feeling of self worth. Who helped you get to where you are today? Per Scholas provides that help to hundreds of individuals each year. With millions of new IT jobs available today, we work so every individual who walks through the doors at Per Scholas gets a fresh start in a new career. We can’t do this without your help. 100% of your contribution to Per Scholas will support free IT training and job placement services for hundreds of...

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Per Scholas Dallas announced. The fifth site to open start of 2015.

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Per Scholas Dallas announced. The fifth site to open start of 2015.

BIG things are happening here at Per Scholas. We are incredibly proud to announce the launch of our fifth site in Dallas at the start of 2015. Local nonprofit leader Billy Lane joins us as Managing Director of Per Scholas Dallas. Lane has served the Dallas community for nearly two decades beginning at CitySquare and most recently as the Associate Vice President for Project Access Dallas, a countywide health care program operated by the Dallas County Medical Society. Prior to his work in the nonprofit community, Lane had a robust career in...

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“At Per Scholas, the bar is set substantially higher.” — WIRED Magazine

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

“At Per Scholas, the bar is set substantially higher.” — WIRED Magazine

WIRED Magazine published “Urban Onshoring: The Movement to Bring Tech Jobs back to the U.S.” November 11, 2014 and in it featured Per Scholas’ Urban Development Center initiative with Doran Jones alongside Majora Carter’s newest initiative StarupBox. The article written by Issie Lapowsky highlights the Per Scholas STEP course and UDC model as a viable business solution. Highlights include: “The Urban Development Center lends this whole urban on-shoring concept some serious street cred, primarily because of...

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Scripps Howard Foundation awards $10K to Per Scholas

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The Scripps Howard Foundation,the corporate foundation of The E. W. Scripps Company, announced a grant of $10,000 to Per Scholas. This is a first time grant from the foundation. The grant will serve Per Scholas to train up to 80 men and women from the Cincinnati community in the coming year for careers in technology through its free, 8-week IT-Ready training. The course teaches to the CompTIA A+ certification and prepares candidates for entry-level help-desk and technical support roles. Historically, 90 percent of Per Scholas participants...

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Cyber Security: The threat, the challenge, and the opportunity, an Infographic

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The threat of cyber attack is real. The issue of cyber security is by no means new to the industry with 1.5 million cyber attacks monitored in the U.S. in 2013. Cyber breaches are a fact of modern life that affect small, medium, and large businesses alike. Because of the high threat that exists in today’s world, cyber security warriors are in high demand across a wide range of sectors from finance, to government to retail to academia. In fact, the Washington metro area had more than 23,000 job postings for cyber security positions in 2013,...

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Who are the Opportunity Youth?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The following essay was written by Eric Larson, Director of Marketing and Communications of Creating IT Futures Foundation, a Per Scholas partner. Published on MSPMentor.net  Remember the glorious 1950s and ‘60s? Those were the days when unemployment was consistently under 5 percent for years at a stretch and a student just out of high school — or even a dropout, for that matter — could easily step out of the classroom and into a factory job that paid a middle-class wage and a pension. By middle-class wage, I mean enough money to...

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Per Scholas and FEGS launch YouthBridge IT Prep pilot for young adults

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

New York City is facing a historic crisis in young adult employment. Since 2000, the percentage of 16 to 24 year olds across the five boroughs participating in the labor market has fallen from 45 percent to 29 percent. Last fall, Per Scholas and our partners were selected by JobsFirstNYC to devise sector-based employment solutions for the 172,000 young adults in New York City who are neither working nor in school. For six months, Per Scholas convened with a team of partners that included education and youth development experts as well as...

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3rd Annual Ping! Event Biggest Ever

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in News | 0 comments

3rd Annual Ping! Event Biggest Ever

  The 3rd annual Ping! event had the biggest turnout yet with 250 guests coming out to support Per Scholas’ women in tech mission at SPiN in New York City. Front and center all night were the very women representing the movement to increase the number of women of color in the tech industry — who are estimated today to make up only 3% of the tech workforce. Per Scholas will train 500 New Yorkers by the end of 2014 and at least 35% will be women — the highest percentage ever to enroll in our history. Per Scholas is further...

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Per Scholas board member spotlight: Citadel’s New CIO Builds on a Strong IT Foundation

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Originally written by Greg MacSweeney, published by InformationWeek on 10/9/14 – featuring Per Scholas board member Joe Squeri, CIO of Citadel. Citadel has a long history with cutting-edge technology. Joseph Squeri, the firm’s CIO, is happy to leverage its technology platform for newer projects. Grabbing the IT reins at one of the most technologically astute hedge funds in the world is a big challenge, especially when the fund’s own CEO has a strong technology background and the previous CIO spent more than a decade building a...

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