Overview

This course is tough. So are you.

START A NEW CAREER

This course equips you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level Cybersecurity jobs.

A Snapshot

  • Hands-on experience and workplace exposure

  • Tuition, materials and hardware at no cost

  • Career counseling & connections to employment

  • The course runs for 17 weeks.

  • Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4pm

Curriculum

START A NEW CAREER

Want to jumpstart your career in Cybersecurity? Per Scholas is now offering a 17-week Cybersecurity course, powered by Barclays. You will learn each new skill by practicing it yourself because 75% of the coursework is hands on. Classes are small, so your instructor can always help if you need it.

By the time you finish, you’ll be prepared for an entry-level job as a Cybersecurity analyst.

Schedule

Cybersecurity will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM for 17 weeks. The course includes technical instruction and professional development curriculum. Review the syllabus for the specifics.

Syllabus

Week 1 of 16

Instructors

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.

Career Development

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.

Student Life

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.

Buckle up

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.

Facilities

Modern Facilities

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.

Admissions

Discover how to take advantage of our free courses.

Eligibility

Admission to Per Scholas is competitive with some strict requirements. You may qualify if you:

  • Are unemployed
  • Work only part-time
  • Work in a minimum wage or other low-paying job
  • Work only sometimes throughout the year
  • Receive any public benefits such as unemployment insurance, Medicaid, subsidized housing, nutrition or income support

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 are legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • 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.

Other factors that may affect your eligibility are addressed in the FAQs.

Process

Joining us takes just 5 easy steps.

1. Online Application

Complete our online application to begin. Don't worry. This doesn't lock you in to a final commitment. In the following step you will get to ask questions and get the answers you need to determine if this is the right time for you to take this training.

You only need to submit one application. Multiple submissions will not impact your chances of admittance.

2. Information Session

You will be invited to attend an in-person information session after you complete your online application. All of your questions will be addressed in the information session. The information and instructions to attend are provided after you submit your online application.

3. Entrance exam

If you decide that Per Scholas is right for you, you can take our entrance exam at your information session. Or you can return to take it at a later time.

We use the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as our entrance exam. To be admitted to Per Scholas, you must pass this test at a 10th grade level or higher. Find out more about the test and practice with sample questions here and here. We strongly encourage you study and practice in advance.

4. Interviews

If you pass the TABE and meet other eligibility requirements, we’ll schedule one or two interviews to determine your fit.

During the interview, we’ll ask about your education, life experience and plans for the future. There are no right answers—so be honest and be yourself.

5. Enrollment

If we agree that you’re ready for this training, we’ll let you know right away and try to enroll you in a course that starts within a month.

Costs

It’s free.

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.

FAQs

Curious? Let’s break it down.

A wide variety: everything from working in an office supporting other computer users to helping secure a global corporate network or becoming a field technician installing and servicing remote locations. You can also seek a job as a vulnerability tester or a security auditor.

They all fall into the general categories of Cybersecurity analyst and network security technician. 

Infrastructure management involves keeping computer systems running smoothly and securely at all times.

Desktop support means helping other people—whether customers or employees—use computer systems and software effectively.

As a security auditor you can ensure companies adhere to strict government and corporate policies governing the protection of private information.

Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $45,000 per year.


Most people who learn about Per Scholas for the first time think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it is 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.

Students will have the opportunity obtain the Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops Certification.

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.

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 have onsite staff available to help students navigate childcare options.  Ask to speak with the Childcare Navigator when you attend an info session.

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.