A comprehensive approach
Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We accomplish this mission today by:
For people who work hard, we create real opportunities to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Closing the skills divide
We prepare smart, dedicated people to work in key technical roles, always designing our courses in response to what employers tell us they need.
We are building a more diverse technical workforce by creating on-ramps for women and people of color, groups staggeringly underrepresented in IT employment today. 90% of our students are people of color, a third are women and a third are disconnected young adults.
Real people. Real change. Real return.
Increase in post-training income
Typical Per Scholas grads have a pre-training income of $9,000 and post-training income of $36,000 or often much more.
Improved Graduation Rates
of community college students graduate within three years.*
of Per Scholas students graduate in fourteen weeks or less. And, 80% of those graduates land jobs.
No college loan debt
is the average amount of student loan debt for a college graduate in 2013.*
is the amount of money it costs a person to get trained, certified and placed in a tech career at Per Scholas.
We never stop innovating.
Our original mission is to close the digital divide in the South Bronx by reconditioning used computers and giving them away to schools and families.
First IT job training course begins. It’s designed to help neighborhood residents gain jobs at Per Scholas reconditioning used computers.
We open our own industrial-scale computer recycling center in the South Bronx. IT job training services expand rapidly to staff the new center and begins placing graduates with other employers.
Market changes lead us to phase out direct computer recycling, but our IT job training grows to serve hundreds of students each year. Employers who partner with us help develop the course to meet their specific IT staffing needs.
Independent, multiyear research shows that our graduates earn significantly more than a control group of their peers. We receive a White House Social Innovation Fund award to advance our model.
We launch targeted initiatives to train more women for careers in tech. We commit to achieve gender parity in all our classrooms nationwide.
We open our first permanent location outside New York in Columbus, OH and marks the start of national expansion in partnership with the Creating IT Futures Foundation. In New York, we launch a Network Engineer course, the first effort to train students for mid-career technology roles.
Per Scholas opens a third location in Cincinnati, OH. In New York, we partner with Barclays and other industry leaders to design and launch the Software Testing program (formerly STEP). Annual enrollment tops 500 students.
We open our fourth national location in Silver Spring, MD, serving the National Capital Region.
The White House’s National Council of Economic Advisors and Vice President Joe Biden tout our model as one of the most promising solutions nationally to help unemployed individuals rejoin the workforce.
We introduce the Urban Development Center, a co-located facility occupied by employer partners that’s meant to bring overseas software testing jobs to the South Bronx.
We open our fifth national location in Dallas, TX. We win the Community Partners Leadership Award, a program of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, for demonstration of best practices in non-profits.
We open our sixth national location in Atlanta, GA. WorkAdvance, a two-year study of workforce development programs is released and shows that we are producing positive and lasting impacts related to the income, reliance on public benefits, and overall well-being of our students.
Per Scholas New York opens its second location in Brooklyn with the support of its Signature Partner, Barclays. The expansion to 630 Flushing Avenue will enable Per Scholas to serve an additional 140 New Yorkers annually, resulting in more than 550 New Yorkers being trained every year. The Brooklyn location will offer a newly developed cybersecurity training track, developed in partnership with Barclays, aimed at training and preparing graduates for cybersecurity jobs and opportunities.
Per Scholas opens an eighth training location in the historic New Jersey Bell Building in Downtown Newark. The space includes three state-of-the-art technical classrooms, with twenty workstations each. The space accommodates approximately 100 students per year and the training will be free. Courses will run 3-4 months and will include a comprehensive admissions process, technical instruction, career coaching and two years of alumni follow-up and placement support.
Meet our team.
Meet the board leaders who guide and support us, student ambassadors who embody our impact, and staff members who create and deliver the highest quality training and services every day.
We couldn’t do it without them
While corporate partners have the largest number of touchpoints with our work, we are profoundly grateful to receive leadership support from many other stakeholders, including foundations, public agencies and generous individuals.
- Clark-Winchcole Foundation
- Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
- Community Foundation for Montgomery County
- Community Foundation for National Capital Region
- Community Foundation for National Capital Region
- Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation
- Greater Washington Community Foundation
- Heckscher Foundation for Children
- Ingram-White Castle Foundation
- James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
- Lever Fund
- Meyer Foundation
- Philip L. Graham Fund
- Robin Hood
- Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation
- Scripps Howard Foundation
- Stainman Family Foundation
- Sunny and Abe Rosenberg Foundation
- The Achelis & Bodman Foundation
- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
- The Barker Welfare Foundation
- The Bernard and F. Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
- The Boston Foundation
- The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
- The Clark Foundation
- The Columbus Foundation
- The Dallas Foundation
- The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation
- The Eleanor Schwartz Charitable Foundation
- The Hagedorn Fund
- The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation
- The Hyde and Watson Foundation
- The Imlay Foundation
- The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
- The New York Community Trust
- The New York Women's Foundation
- The Pinkerton Foundation
- The Rudin Foundation
- Thomas J. Emery Memorial Fund
- Tiger Foundation
- United Way of Central Ohio
- United Way of Greater Atlanta
- United Way of Greater Cincinnati
- United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
- United Way of National Capital Area
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Brooklyn Borough President
- City of Cincinnati Human Services Fund
- City of Columbus
- Dallas County Community College District (Northlake College)
- Franklin County, OH
- Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
- Maryland Department of Human Resources
- Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
- Montgomery County, MD
- New York City Council
- New York City Department of Small Business Services
- New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
- New York City Human Resources Administration
- New York County District Attorney's Office
- New York State Department of Labor
- New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
- Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation
- U.S. Department of Labor
- Bloomberg Philanthropies
- Charter Communications
- Doyon, Limited/ designDATA
- Human Touch LLC
- Insight Global
- Kate Spade & Company Foundation
- Metlife Foundation
- News Corp
- Thrive Impact Sourcing
- Workday Inc.
- Allegis Global Solutions
- Apex Solutions
- Bank of America
- Beacon Hill
- Best Buy
- Bregal Sagemont
- Citi Community Development Corporation
- Con Edison
- Duke Energy
- Estee Lauder
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- First Step Staffing
- Jacob K. Javits Center
- Net Tech
- NIT Health Connect
- PDT Partners
- Proactive Technologies
- Robert Half Technologies
- Select Group
- Think ECO
- App Nexus
- Arrow Electronics
- Braddock Matthews
- Brown Brothers Harriman
- Career Group
- Carestream Dental LLC
- CDK Global
- Centric Consulting
- Deloitte Services LP
- Dynamic Network Solutions (DNS)
- Ernst & Young
- Fast Switch
- First Financial Bank
- Fordham University
- Fractal Industries
- Generation Code
- Goldman Sachs
- Grant Thornton
- Happy Fun Corp.
- Hub International
- Ingage Partners
- Interact for Change
- Jet Blue
- Key Bank
- KMS Technology
- Leaders Quest
- Legal Services NYC
- Literacy Action
- Manhattan Tech Support
- Mitchell Martin
- Morgan Stanley
- Motorist Insurance Group
- Natural Gas Partners
- Neuberger Berman
- Oppenheimer & Co.
- Osky Blue
- PNC Bank
- PNC Charitable Trusts
- Pride Technologies LLC
- QA Consultants
- QA Symphony
- Russell Tobin
- Santander Bank
- Scripps Howard Foundation
- Solarus Technologies
- Spartan GA
- Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Inc.
- Strategic Clarity
- TRC Professional Solutions
- US Bank
- Van Barton Group
- Vantiv (worldplay)
- Vicom Computer Systems
- WNET New York Public Media
Our Latest Financials
Download copies of our latest financials as well as other public filings here.Per Scholas 2017 Audited Financials Per Scholas 990 For 2017 Per Scholas 2016 Audited Financials Per Scholas 990 For 2016 Per-Scholas-2015-Audited-Financials Per-Scholas-2015-990 Per-Scholas-2014-Audited-Financials Per-Scholas-2014-990 Per-Scholas-2013-Audited-Financials Per-Scholas-2013-990 Per-Scholas-2012-Audited-Financials Per-Scholas-2012-990 Per Scholas Charitable Disclosure Statement 2018