News

What's happening in the Per Scholas Community

The National Capital Region gains free IT job training through nationally recognized workforce development organization Per Scholas

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

The National Capital Region gains free IT job training through nationally recognized workforce development organization Per Scholas

The National Capital Region gains free IT job training through nationally recognized workforce development organization Per Scholas Acting Assistant Secretary Eric Seleznow, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and other leaders will speak at grand opening hosted by Per Scholas Tuesday, April 22 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – April 14, 2014 – Per Scholas, a New York-based national non-profit organization that provides free IT-Ready technology education and job placement to unemployed and...

read more

Jobs, Skills and Zombies – A Response to Paul Krugman

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Jobs, Skills, and Zombies – definitely an eye catching op-ed column title that Paul Krugman wrote this week in the New York Times. His premise was simple, and while I am not yet concerned I agree with all of the premises in the article.  It was thought provoking which I appreciated. He basically says that the skills gap is not really fact based. There are lots of jobs to be filled and lots of unemployed, but that is a condition that will always exist in the best of labor markets. Calling the unemployment problem a “skills...

read more

Per Scholas Simulation Lab | Real-World Experience

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in News | 0 comments

By Eduardo Hernandez, IT Instructor and Per Scholas Alumnus We know employers seek employees who can not only talk the talk, but show some proof that they can get the job done. At Per Scholas, our technical instructors provide the knowledge and tools for students to enter the IT field upon graduation — and they do a fine job as it shows in our outcomes. What we have struggled with over the years is consistently creating real-world, hands-on scenarios for the students to apply that knowledge just as they would for an employer. That...

read more

Per Scholas Alumnus Harrison Lovell Speaking at CAST 2014

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

“We need employees who will show up on time, manage conflict, stay late when needed, and have good customer service skills. Does Per Scholas train for that?” We have all heard it before. Employers will hire someone with strong interpersonal, work ethic, and communication skills and will teach technical skills. In every employer survey we have ever conducted, hands down this is the feedback Per Scholas has received. The good news is that from inception of our programs nearly 20 years ago, these soft skills are taught as an integral...

read more

All-Star Women in Tech Panel Comes to Per Scholas

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

All-Star Women in Tech Panel Comes to Per Scholas

Four accomplished technologists from a federal intelligence agency, NYC government, a leading philanthropic foundation, and the fashion house of Dolce & Gabbana- we could not have asked for more diversity in terms of the companies that were represented at the IT Panel at Per Scholas yesterday. However, there was a more powerful and striking commonality amongst our 4 speakers: they were all women, and all women of color. The 40 female Per Scholas students who attended were inspired, wowed, and simply excited to see strong powerful women...

read more

What We’re Doing About Women in Tech

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

I read NPR’s “How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology” — another piece on the disparity of women working in the tech industry. A discussion I am so thrilled is climbing to the forefront in the business world as of late. Per Scholas is concerned, too, and we have a lot to say — and do — about it. 3%. That is the number that keeps me up at night. It is the percentage of women of color in the IT field. We at Per Scholas, a national nonprofit whose mission is to train and place underserved individuals into the...

read more

Student of the Month: Marybeth Cornell

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

Student of the Month: Marybeth Cornell

“Hi, Marybeth. I’m calling to let you know you’ve been selected to speak at the White House event this Friday, January 31.” Marybeth Cornell, 2013 Per Scholas graduate, would not have previously considered herself “White House speaker-worthy” prior to January 31. Why her? In her eyes, she identifies with a lot of Americans. A mother, a hard-working professional, and someone who was hit by the recession and laid off from her job. Marybeth was unemployed for two years. Her story is similar to nearly 4 million long-term unemployed...

read more

Virtusa Partners with Per Scholas to Provide Technology Training and Jobs to Underserved Communities

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Virtusa Partners with Per Scholas to Provide Technology Training and Jobs to Underserved Communities Virtusa hires two graduates of newly-created software testing education program WESTBOROUGH, Mass., – (January 31, 2014) – Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), a global business consulting and IT outsourcing company that combines innovation, technology leadership and industry solutions to transform the customer experience, today announced an ongoing partnership with Per Scholas, a non-profit organization that provides technology education...

read more

President & CEO Plinio Ayala’s Response to the SOTU

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in News | 0 comments

As I prepared to meet with the President this Friday, I watched the State of the Union speech to hear his vision and where he wants to move the country in the next 12 months. After watching, I wanted to share my thoughts on two subjects he touched on: job training and women in today’s workforce. Last night the President announced that Vice President Biden will lead an “across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that...

read more

Per Scholas Invited to White House Event Focused on the Long-Term Unemployed

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Per Scholas Invited to White House Event Focused on the Long-Term Unemployed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bronx-based IT job training nonprofit, Per Scholas, Attends White House Event Focused on Serving the Long-Term Unemployed Plinio Ayala, Per Scholas President & CEO, meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss strategy, scale and implementation Bronx, N.Y. January 31, 2014 — Per Scholas, a national non-profit providing free IT job training and career support to individuals in underserved communities, will attend a White House event on Friday, January 31 convened by President Obama to discuss strategies for...

read more