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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, Per Scholas partner Creating IT Futures Foundation 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 pay...

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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 Featured, 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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1,000 Women in Tech

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

1,000 Women in Tech

It’s estimated women of color represent 3% of the IT workforce. Here is what Per Scholas is doing about it to ensure that figure changes–big time. Facts today: Women are earning less than 20% of computer and information science degrees Women comprise less than 30%  of tech workforce, and women of color comprise less than 10% of the tech workforce Women leave the private sector tech workforce at twice the rate of their male peer (and lots of data points to culture) Women of color currently make up nearly one-third of the...

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Per Scholas convenes cyber security task force to build pipeline for cyber security need in the National Capital Region.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Per Scholas convenes cyber security task force to build pipeline for cyber security need in the National Capital Region.

Per Scholas convenes cyber security task force to build pipeline for cyber security need in the National Capital Region. Experts from private industry, higher education, and government join Per Scholas to begin initial planning. Per Scholas, National IT workforce development expert, brings together cyber security specialists in a conversation on the regional skills gap for entry-level cyber security positions. The panel convened October 8 at the Silver Spring Civic Center with leaders from private industry, higher education, and government...

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Ping! 2014

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

Ping! 2014

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Cyber Security, Meet Workforce Development | October 8 Industry Panel | Silver Spring, MD

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Cyber Security, Meet Workforce Development | October 8 Industry Panel | Silver Spring, MD

Per Scholas convenes leaders in the Nation’s Capital to develop a blueprint for building today’s entry-level cyber security workforce. In the midst of security breaches at major retailers and widespread theft of personal data, policy experts and consumers alike are focused increasingly on improving cyber security. It’s not just large companies and the Federal government that need cyber expertise – it’s small and medium sized companies too. And many must rely on small teams or an individual to maintain their security infrastructure....

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Inaugural golf outing fundraiser a big success

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Inaugural golf outing fundraiser a big success

September 11, 2014 marked the inaugural golf fundraiser in Columbus and proved that supporting Per Scholas is not just about impacting our work and students, but is a whole lot of fun. The event raised $10,000 to support Per Scholas’ continuing growth in Columbus where more than 130 low-income and unemployed residents have been trained to date for family-sustaining careers in technology, like current featured student of the month Kevin Gamble. Ten teams participated in the scramble with representation from sponsors Nationwide, HMB,...

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