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Farewell, friend.

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Farewell, friend.

Chris Williams, Associate Director of Business Solutions in Cincinnati, retired on August 15. During his two years at Per Scholas and partner Creating IT Futures Foundation (CITFF), Chris helped dozens upon dozens of IT-Ready graduates become employed. Of his experience at Per Scholas and CITFF, Chris said: “Over the past two years, first with Creating IT Futures Foundation and then with Per Scholas, I have witnessed the transformative power of the IT-Ready program. People who, two years ago, were working for minimum wage, or not working...

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Golf Scramble 2014: Columbus hosts its first fundraiser event

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

Golf Scramble 2014: Columbus hosts its first fundraiser event

We are gathering our closest friends, colleagues, and supporters to enjoy an afternoon of fun on the golf course at our inaugural Golf Scramble fundraising event in Columbus, Ohio. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 11. Tee time is 1 PM and we hope you can join us. The event will raise funds to help support our continuing growth and our mission to generate powerful free technology education, training and career opportunities for people who are unemployed or stuck in low-wage jobs. Since launching in October of 2012, our Columbus site...

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Testing Robots…And Other Fun Things at Per Scholas

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Testing Robots…And Other Fun Things at Per Scholas

Full disclosure: Sometimes I feel a little guilty that we are having too much fun at Per Scholas! Like last Thursday, where 35 of our STEP students and alumni gathered for a meet-up about software testing – and really all we did was play with robots! Anne-Marie Charrett, an awesome and inspiring professor and practitioner from Sydney, came and spent two hours with our students, using the testing of the functionality of the robots to demonstrate that a questioning mind is the most critical step in testing products. Her...

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Kombo Inko-Tariah, the first of many star graduates from Per Scholas National Capital Region

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Featured, News, Student of the Month | 0 comments

Kombo Inko-Tariah, the first of many star graduates from Per Scholas National Capital Region

“Once my kids were put to bed, I would job search. From 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM. I applied to more than 700 jobs–20 a day or more. I couldn’t find a job.” Kombo Inko-Tariah is a graduate from the first Per Scholas National Capital Region IT-Ready class.  Out of his 15 classmates, fifty-percent were long-term unemployed prior to enrolling. Among them, the average period since their last job was 19 months. When Per Scholas opened its doors this past spring in the National Capital Region (NCR) to offer its free IT-Ready job training and...

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Per Scholas testified before the New York State Regional Economic Development Council on the Urban Development Center project

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Per Scholas testified before the New York State Regional Economic Development Council on the  Urban Development Center project

When I have been asked to describe the culture of Per Scholas, a few key ideas immediately come to mind:  humility, an incredibly strong work ethic, and a deep passion to transform our students’ lives through access to great jobs. Put another way, we do excellent work, we don’t brag about it, and we never stop innovating. I share this because I am proud that this culture and our work more specifically is getting recognized not only by NYC government, but by New York State government and the White House. While NYC has been a strong...

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: 45% female student body at most recent graduation

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:  45% female student body at most recent graduation

Per Scholas announced its commitment to gender parity in its IT job training classrooms recently, a response to the concerning issue of diversity in the tech workplace. We are encouraged by the shift we are already seeing by those signing up for the courses (and graduating). This past Friday, August 1, two classes graduated in Per Scholas New York. Here are some inspiring stats: Of the 29 graduates, 13 were women (45%) Three of those women already landed jobs–prior to graduating! 26 of the 29 graduates earned TWO certifications, both...

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Nationwide and other local employer partners commit to hire.

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Columbus residents obtain IT job skills through free training provided by Per Scholas. Nationwide and other local employer partners commit to hire. August 4, 2014 – COLUMBUS, OH — On Friday, July 25, sixteen formerly unemployed or underemployed Columbus residents graduated from the Per Scholas IT-Ready job training and job search assistance program. The 8-week course provides training for the CompTIA A+ certification and prepares students for entry-level positions in the IT field. Employers hiring Per Scholas graduates include JPMorgan...

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Why United Way’s Volunteer Partnership is a Fantastic Service

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

This past week, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) and NYC Service announced the launch of their service and volunteerism effort, an effort that they hope will raise the percentage of young New Yorkers who volunteer to 50%, doubling the current number. This effort was launched in partnership with The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. Increasing the number of young adults who volunteer in New York City will benefit a wide range of areas in need, read the press release by UWNYC, which will help solve systemic problems New York faces....

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Per Scholas: Accelerated Job Training that Works, reports Vice President Biden, White House

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

Per Scholas: Accelerated Job Training that Works, reports Vice President Biden, White House

On Tuesday, July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act into law – with broad bipartisan support. In conjunction, Vice President Biden released his report on addressing unemployment and the skills gap through effective, employer-driven job training. Per Scholas was cited by Vice President Joe Biden as an example of a program providing successful advancements in accelerated training for IT skills. In the report, released on July 21, Ready to Work: Job Driven Training and American Opportunity, Biden...

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Clinton Global Initiative America Hosts Our Very Own  

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

What began as an invitation for a student story quickly turned into more than Tiffany Lewin ever thought possible: being interviewed by Chelsea Clinton in front of 1,000 people, the whole Clinton family included. Queue the goose-bumps–and not just Tiffany’s. Everybody at Per Scholas, too. Her first time flying, Tiffany took off for Denver along with Per Scholas Executive Director of New York, Angie Kamath, and took the stage the second day of the meeting.  Tiffany contributed one-of-a-kind insight to the elite panel...

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