A comprehensive approach
Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology access and education in underserved 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 $7,000 and post-training income of $30,000 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. 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. 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.
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.
- Altman Foundation
- Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
- Boone Family Foundation
- Booth Ferris Foundation
- Clark Foundation
- Community Foundation of Montgomery County
- Community Service Society
- Eleanor Schwartz Charitable Foundation
- F.B. Heron Foundation
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation
- Hagedorn Fund
- Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
- Hearst Foundations
- Heckscher Foundation
- Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
- Jewish Funders Network
- Meyer Foundation
- New York City Workforce Funders
- New York Community Trust
- New York Women’s Foundation
- Patrina Foundation
- PNC Charitable Trust
- Robin Hood Foundation
- Sunny and Abe Rosenberg Foundation
- Sutphin Family Foundation
- The Columbus Foundation
- The Pinkerton Foundation
- The Rudin Foundation
- Thomson Family Foundation
- Tiger Foundation
- United Way of Central Ohio
- United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Women of Saint Michael’s
- Center for Economic Opportunity
- City of Columbus
- Corporation for National & Community Service/Social Innovation Fund via New York City
- Empire State Development Corporation
- New York City Council
- New York City Department of Small Business Services
- New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
- New York State Department of Labor
- New York State Department of State
- New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
- Capital One
- Creating IT Futures Foundation (CompTIA)
- Doran Jones
- JPMorgan Chase
- Time Warner Cable
- BNY Mellon
- Con Edison
- Control Group
- Dynamic Network Solutions (DNS)
- Kate Spade & Company Foundation
- Nationwide Insurance
- Neuberger Berman
- Workday Inc.
Our Latest Financials
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