This course is tough. So are you.
Launch a Career in the AWS Cloud
Per Scholas is accepting applications for future courses and we encourage you to apply. As a response to COVID-19, enrolled classes have moved to a remote learning environment. We will be in-touch with applicants after you have applied to provide updates on future courses.
AWS re/Start is a full-time, classroom-based skills development and training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud and connects them to potential employers. A technology background is not required to apply and the program is focused on unemployed or underemployed individuals, including military veterans and their families, and young people.
Through real-world, scenario-based learning, labs, and coursework, learners gain the skills they need for an entry-level cloud role. AWS re/Start also provides learners with resume and interview coaching to prepare for employer meetings and interviews.
- Full-time availability for 12 weeks to attend training (Monday–Friday)
- Ability to start a full-time job after course completion
- Excitement to launch a career in cloud computing
- High school diploma or equivalent
“A year ago from today I was sitting in class at Per Scholas, not knowing anything about tech. And now I am a contractor for United States Department of Agriculture.”
Help Desk Analyst, Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
About the Curriculum
AWS re/Start focuses on two key technical areas, IT Fundamentals and AWS Cloud Fundamentals to help learners succeed in entry-level cloud positions. Through real-world, scenario-based exercises, labs, and coursework, learners build Linux, Python, networking, security, and relational database skills.
Learners receive job-specific training on building effective front-line support, troubleshooting, escalation, and task automation techniques. AWS re/Start also provides learners with resume and interview coaching to prepare for employer meetings and interviews.
Classes are full-time, Monday through Friday. Four days are dedicated to technical training. One day is dedicated to professional coaching to prepare you for the workplace.
Industry guest speakers and off-site field trips are incorporated to be additive to the learning.
Learn from the best
Learn from certified teachers with years of real-world training experience. Our instructors don’t just teach you what you need to know, but how to learn it.
Building Your Career
You need more than just technical skills to get a good job. Excellent people skills are just as important. We’ve got you covered.
Start Out Right
Construct a professional resume and practice your interview skills. Find out exactly what employers are looking for and how you can impress them.
Get your foot in the door
Get customized referrals to open jobs at our hundreds of employer partners. Call on dedicated career developers for personalized advocacy, coaching and support.
Connect to our network
Meet and learn from working IT professionals. Visit employer sites and see their operations firsthand. Attend industry networking events and start making professional contacts.
Key to Success
Our students don't just land the job. They keep the job. Employers say customer service skills matter most. So you can guarantee it will be re-emphasized and applied with every piece of tech you learn.
“I have been promoted as supervisor of four staff that I trained. My achievements would not have been possible without the skills I got from Career Development. I found out that technical knowledge itself does not bring you up the ladder in a corporate environment.”
IT Technician, FSIS Hanover Depot
A Community of Support
You'll work hard. There's no doubt about it.
But if you’re like most students, you’ll look forward to each new day. And you’ll marvel at all the changes you see in yourself. Prepare yourself to spend your days in class and your evenings studying. Many students have children and hold part-time jobs and, despite those demands, they find a way to succeed. You will, too.
We'll be moving quickly. There’s a lot to pack in, and the standards are set high. But we also structure your training experience so that you have plenty of time to learn and practice each new skill.
Meet your new family
Your classmates will come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 65 (or older). It won’t take long before you see them as a second family—a community dedicated to everyone’s success. Study groups form somewhat naturally in and out of the classroom. Potluck dinners optional.
The staff are also some of the most dedicated and positive sources of encouragement you will ever encounter. Even on the days when some challenges might feel impossible, they will do everything in their power to help you continue to advance forward.
“My biggest accomplishment is getting into a great field while also taking care of my son.”
Per Scholas graduate, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
Our facilities always include modern classrooms; well-equipped training labs; and places to relax, socialize and study.
Your own workstation
You will work from your own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. There, you’ll follow along in lectures and demonstrations, practice new skills, review course materials and measure how much you’ve learned.
Discover how to take advantage of our free courses.
Admission to Per Scholas is needs-based. You may qualify if you:
- Ages 18 and older
- High school diploma or equivalent
- U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
- Women, youth, and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply
- If you’re a veteran, must have been honorably discharged within the last 10 years
- Unemployed or underemployed
Other factors that may affect your eligibility are addressed in the FAQs.
Other requirements include:
- You have an interest in technology.
- You live in or near one of the cities in which we operate.
- You have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
- You can read, write and speak in English.
- You can pass a basic academic assessment test.
- You can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course.
- You are ready to make an important commitment to building your future.
Apply to Per Scholas by completing our online application. Once you have submitted an application, our Recruitment and Admissions team will follow-up directly and support your application and interview process virtually.
No cost. No catch. We invest in your success. All we ask in return is that you take the course seriously and work as hard as you can.
We are a national nonprofit organization. Our courses, job placement and other services are funded by generous donors and are 100% free to students and graduates.
Because our services are free, we can’t offer any other kind of financial support. But if you’re worried about making ends meet at Per Scholas, talk to one of our admissions specialists. We may be able to find other ways to help.
Curious? Let’s break it down.
Upon completion of the program, AWS re/Start graduates are suitable candidates for entry-level cloud roles in areas such as cloud operations, site reliability, tier 1 infrastructure support, or devops.
Most people who learn about us think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it’s true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals.
The costs you can prepare for include transportation or childcare—expenses that take care of you so you can focus on your studies.
I receive unemployment insurance benefits or other benefits that require me to spend time working or looking for work. Can I still enroll?
Yes. Per Scholas courses are approved for people receiving unemployment insurance, as well as other benefits that would ordinarily require them to spend time working or looking for work. Your benefits should not be affected. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.
Yes, we do offer evening and weekend part-time courses in New York. You can learn about that course here.
This course, AWS re/Start, is a full-time course and requires you make arrangements to make a full-time commitment and attend class every day. As well, all courses are in-person and not available to take online.
I meet other requirements, but I am not a U.S. citizen and haven’t received my work authorization yet. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.
We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact us at [email protected] or (718) 991-8400 to discuss your specific situation and needs.
We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.