This course is tough. So are you.

Start a new career

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.

This course is intended for residents of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County and Howard County for training offered at our 1100 E Fayette St. Baltimore location.

Network Support offers the opportunity to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate along with with the CompTIA A+ and Net+ certifications, and equips you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs as a support technician.

A Snapshot

  • 15 Weeks: Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00
  • CompTia A+ Certification
  • CompTia Network+ Certification
  • Google IT Support Professional Certificate.
  • Career counseling & connections to employment

What You’ll Learn

We all know technology moves fast. The Per Scholas curriculum keeps up. Today we incorporate virtualization, mobility and security---concepts that use to be considered more advanced are now required knowledge for every level tech. At Per Scholas, you’ll 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 to pass CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ certification exams and meet qualifications for an entry-level job in IT support.


Classes are in person and 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.


Week 1 of 15


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.


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.


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Admission to Per Scholas is needs-based. You may qualify if you:

  • Ages 18 and older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Interest in pursuing a career in IT Security
  • 1+ year IT work experience or equivalent IT focused coursework
  • 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 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.


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.


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.


Curious? Let’s break it down.

A wide variety: everything from working in an office supporting other computer users to helping manage a global corporate network or becoming a field technician installing and servicing remote locations.

They all fall into the general categories of IT support management and end-user services.

IT support involves keeping computer systems running smoothly and securely at all times.

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

Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $36,000 per year.

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.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is an association that represents the international technology community. We have partnered with its Creating IT Futures Foundation to create the IT-Ready curriculum and open new training sites around the country.

The instruction we provide prepares you for the testing services offered by CompTIA. A CompTIA certificate gives employers proof that you have mastered a particular set of IT skills.

You will prepare to earn the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification. As a Per Scholas graduate, you may have access to advanced certifications as well like the Security+ certification and others.

The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. It covers all the basic skills that every IT professional should know. The CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a qualified networking professional. It can qualify you to work in more jobs than the A+ certificate alone.

Both exams cost money, but we pay the fee for you.

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.

No. You must 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.

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]g or (301) 557-9200 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.