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

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Featured, 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 Featured | 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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Kevin Gamble, Columbus Student of the Month

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Featured, News, Student of the Month | 0 comments

Kevin Gamble, Columbus Student of the Month

Kevin Gamble is the self-made Per Scholas recruiter around town in Columbus. An IT-Ready graduate from this past summer, Kevin is telling everyone he meets that Per Scholas will change your life. “Do you know how much I promote this place?” he shared with me. “Just the other day, I was at the gas station and saw these two younger guys hanging around. I started talking to them and asked what they were doing with their life and you know, they weren’t working or they were but making minimum wage somewhere. Not doing much. So I gave them...

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Per Scholas Columbus named Finalist in Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Corporate Partners like Nationwide Insurance key component.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in News | 0 comments

An essential component to Per Scholas’ national growth is commitment from the local community partners. Columbus is approaching its two year anniversary, the launch of its inaugural fundraiser event, and was just named a finalist in the Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Highlighting these milestones, we must thank Nationwide Insurance who has risen to become our signature corporate partner in Columbus. Nationwide has very quickly hit the marks in every way we seek from a corporate partner:  volunteer mentors and classroom speakers;...

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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 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 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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