Nov 14, 2012

PING! Raises $50,000+ for Per Scholas

Events

Two last-minute entries – Polaris and NASDAQ – took home the tournament trophies last night at PING!, the first annual Per Scholas ping-ping extravaganza, as nearly 250 supporters raised $50,000+ for Per Scholas’ work. The sum is enough to supply an entire year of Per Scholas students with their textbooks and other learning materials.The up...

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Sep 19, 2012

Student of the Month: Janea Wilkerson

Student Profiles

Were some of you wondering whether we train any women at Per Scholas?... You bet we do. Janea Wilkerson is the September student of the month and couldn’t be more proud to be the first woman featured.I personally had never met a female tackle football player until I me...

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Sep 12, 2012

PING! Per Scholas Fall Event

Events

We are very excited to announce PING!, our Fall 2012 ping-pong extravaganza to benefit Per Scholas. The event will be hosted at SPiN New York, Manhattan's premiere ping-pong social venue. Thanks to the Per Scholas Board of Directors covering all upfront expenses, 100-percent of the proceeds will go directly to support...

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Sep 07, 2012

Now Serving High Schools: Mentors needed!

Announcement Industry

We are broadening our reach and bringing our Information Technology job training to high schools in New York City this coming school year with our new IT Career Pathways for Youth program.Technology is the touchstone of the modern world, and digital illiteracy fuels one of its most potent new...

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Aug 27, 2012

The Olympics for Robots!

In the Field

Right after hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London, the United Kingdom is holding another competition, this one without people. Bristol is holding the FIRA RoboWorld Cup. Robots are currently competing in sports like soccer, sprinting, basketball and weightlifting! If you ever wondered what robots use as dumbbells, its...

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Aug 14, 2012

Student of the Month: Allen Wan

Student Profiles

Allen Wan is the first student to be hired by Goldman Sachs. Here he rings the bell, a tradition at Per Scholas when a student lands a job. “People say I’m a machine,” Allen says, “I hope I can get some of my sister’s creativity. She is into fashion.”A...

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Aug 09, 2012

What is Working: Per Scholas Job Training

Announcement Industry

I often receive e-mails from students thanking Per Scholas for the training program and updating me on how they are doing. I received one today that was particularly inspiring. This student shared with me that he had just landed a job earning $55,000 with benefits. Nic mentioned how long a journey...

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Aug 07, 2012

The Internet Turns 21!

Industry

What would you do without the internet? Yesterday, August 6th, the World Wide Web celebrated its 21st birthday! The internet was invented by Tim Berners-Lee, who proposed the idea while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Berners-Lee planned for the web to be a worldwide network...

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Jul 26, 2012

What does a College Degree mean these Days?

Industry

I was paid a visit by a friend of my oldest son this past Saturday. It had been three years since I had seem him. He is now a college graduate with a degree in International Studies. We spent a bit of time together catching up. He spoke a great...

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Jul 20, 2012

Meet Barbara

Announcement

Barbara Chang, EVP I have to admit that this is harder than I thought it would be. A request to start blogging by my social media guru on staff was met with an easy reply: “sure!” But as I started writing I realized that I was getting more self conscious abou...

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Jul 20, 2012

Meet Plinio

Announcement

Plinio Ayala, President & CEO of Per Scholas Ok, I admit it: I am an avid New York Mets fan. I’m somewhat of an anomaly, I know -- born and raised in the boogie-down Bronx. Although my baseball heart belongs to the blue and orange, my soul belongs to th...

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Jul 17, 2012

Student of the Month: Ranflin Estrella

Student Profiles

Ranflin Estrella meeting with Goldman Sachs at Per Scholas Per Scholas graduations — “pinning ceremonies” — are very special events. Staff, volunteers, friends and family all gather to mark each new graduate’s success. The ceremonies are always moving and few graduates fail to attend. It’s part of the Per Scholas experience.O...

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Jul 17, 2012

What Really Matters When Buying a Laptop

Image from Clker.com   With so many options on the market, purchasing a laptop can be daunting. New York Time's author, Sam Grobart, has written a "buying guide" on what to look for in a laptop. Grobart takes the position that things like processor and battery life should not...

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Jul 09, 2012

Creepy or not? A Phone that Knows Where You’re Going

From TECHNOLOGY REVIEW. Published by MIT.   A Phone that Knows Where You're Going An algorithm can better predict your future movements by getting a little help from your friends.   DAVID TALBOTMonday, July 9, 2012  Beyond merely tracking where you've been and where you are, your smartphone might soon actually...

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Jun 25, 2012

Per Scholas featured on MetroFocus Thirteen WNET

[youtube]0qEqZi79DGY[/youtube]   MetroFocus on Thirteen WNET in New York City ran a feature on Per Scholas June 25, 2012. A great piece that addresses the current state of the digital divide, the demand for tech skills in today's economy, and how Per Scholas addresses that issue with a proven s...

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Jun 11, 2012

Student of the Month: Alban Tahiraj

Student of the Month: Alban Tahiraj [one_half] With the selection of our first student of the month behind us the next month’s nominee has become a spirited topic of discussion amongst staff. It is a challenge to pick a star from a class of stars let alone an en...

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May 30, 2012

Per Scholas Wins NYCETC Award

Per Scholas is very proud to announce that is has been selected to receive a "Middle Skills" Opportunity Award from the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, the premiere advocacy and service network of workforce development providers in New York City. NYCETC members collectively serve more than 700,000 New Yorkers...

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May 17, 2012

How to Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet

New York Times By KATE MURPHY Published: May 2, 2012   Legal and technology researchers estimate that it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the Web sites they visit in a year. So in the interest of time, here is the deal: You kn...

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