It’s no secret that women are under-represented in the IT field. Although women make up a majority of U.S. college graduates, in 2009 they were awarded just 18% of Computer and Information Sciences undergraduate degrees. The Per Scholas Women in Tech program, now in its 3rd program year, was designed especially to address this industry diversity gap.
The Women in Tech program is “women only” creating a supportive learning environment for women students who feel more comfortable studying IT with other women — a subject matter brand new to the majority; or who have other challenges, like caring for family members and children, that require some accommodation. The training is 100% free to participants thanks to the generous support of private and corporate funders.
Our approach tailors job training and development to fill the well-paying, skilled roles that actually exist in the local workforce. The Women in Tech A+ and MCTS training is designed to provide successful candidates with knowledge and skills required to understand and implement configuration and troubleshooting of desktop, laptops, portables, printers and network devices. Students also receive one day of Career Development for 12 of the 15 weeks readying them for the professional workforce. All program graduates receive job placement assistance for up-to two years following graduation resulting in more than 80-percent of graduates landing jobs, several of which are through our employer partners. Read about some successful Per Scholas students in Student of the Month (many of whom are women).
MORE ABOUT THIS TRAINING
- 15-week IT Training Syllabus
- Career Development Syllabus
- CompTIA A+
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
- Read what CompTIA wrote about the Women in Tech program
The Women in Tech program also includes:
- Dedicated service partnerships with women’s organizations
- Sessions that explore women’s issues in and out of IT
- Linkages with employers specifically interested in expanding the diversity of the IT workforce for women
- Classes are Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 3:30, 9:00 – 4:00, or 9:30 – 4:30. There are no evening or weekend courses.
- The Women in Tech program is hosted at the Bronx campus only.
- Two classes run each calendar year comprised of 20-25 women. The next Women in Tech class will begin July 2013.
- Interested candidates are encouraged to attend an informational session at the earliest convenience. Orientation for all prospective students is Monday – Friday every week, 9:00 AM, at our Bronx location (804 East 138th Street, Bronx, NY). No appointment is necessary. Just show up and please be on time.
To see if you are eligible for admission, answer the following questions:
- Are you 18 years of age or older?
- Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
- Do you live in New York City?
- Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or if not one of these, do you have authorization to work in the U.S.?
- Are you available for all-day training sessions for the length of the program (15-20 weeks, hours 9:00 – 4:00)?
- Are you unemployed or under-employed (work only part-time or in a low wage job)? -OR - Do you receive any public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, temporary income support or public housing?
- Are you interested in obtaining professional IT skills and employment?
- And of course, are you a woman?
If you answered yes to all questions:
Congratulations! Based on your responses, you meet the basic eligibility requirements to apply for training. Please attend an information session to learn more. Information Sessions are Monday – Friday every week, 9:00 AM, at Per Scholas (804 East 138th Street, Bronx, NY). Read more about the application process to help you prepare or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any unanswered questions.
We are sorry, but based on your responses, you do not qualify for admission to Per Scholas at this time. You may be able to apply in the future. Please contact us if you need assistance or further information to work toward qualifying.
We invite you to explore other course offerings to find the right fit for you. Return to the New York homepage or visit our IT Professional Training (co-ed), Networking Professionals course, IT Career Pathways for high school youth, and our courses in Columbus, OH. For more details go to FAQ for loads of information. Email email@example.com for any unanswered questions.
VOLUNTEERS, CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT & OTHER SUPPORT
If you are interested in joining our efforts to empower more women in IT, please contact Jessicah White, Manager of Corporate Engagement, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).