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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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Rob Guentter Joins Per Scholas as Managing Director of Columbus

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

Rob Guentter joins the Per Scholas team as the Managing Director of Columbus, responsible for leading our talented team there. “I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Per Scholas Columbus team.  In my new role, I will be able to apply my +25 years of economic development, planning, and workforce training experience to make a real difference in the lives of the students we train, and to enhance the economic vitality of the Columbus market,” says Rob. Prior to joining Per Scholas, Rob was the Director of  Workforce and Economic...

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“This is the most fun I’ve ever had at a nonprofit event.” Imagine Gala 2015

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in News | 0 comments

  Activity on the floor took a brief pause to hear remarks. Chelsea Clinton joined in by video to open the program. Reflecting on her impression of meeting Per Scholas graduate Tiffany Lewin, IT Analyst at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Chelsea expressed, “Per Scholas gives me hope that we can tackle our country’s hardest problems.”   The program was closed by Damian Rivera from Accenture, co-chair of the New York Advisory board and long-time supporter. In under 5 minutes, $10,000 was raised by guests to support Per Scholas’...

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