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Throughout this course, learners will continue to sharpen their technical skills through activities simulating real world security scenarios, performing networking research, and class discussions of current events.

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No cost, no catch. Tuition-Free training and job connections.

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Most CISCO IT Essentials certification holders move on to a job in IT support, like a help desk technician. Help desk technicians solve technical issues and work with people.

Most CISCO Network Essentials certification holders move on to a job in IT support, like a help desk technician. Help desk technicians solve technical issues and work with people.

The Salesforce Administrator Certification equips you with the knowledge you need to succeed as a Salesforce Administrator.

Most CompTIA A+ certification holders move on to a job in IT support, like a help desk technician. Help desk technicians solve technical issues and work with people.

CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification focuses on the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use.

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security. No prior experience is required.

Applicants with all levels of experience in tech are encouraged to apply.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring.

While anyone may apply for this course, some technical background may be helpful.

The Amazon Web Services Associate Level Certification equips you with the knowledge you need to succeed as a Systems Administrator.

While these courses may include either intermediate or advanced material, technical knowledge specified in these listings will be required as a prerequisite for applicants to be considered for admission.

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud and start a career in cloud computing.

This certification establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. CompTIA Security+ is a globally trusted, vendor-neutral certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

As a response to COVID-19, Per Scholas courses have moved to a remote learning environment. As we return to training sites, upcoming courses may be moved to in-person classrooms. We will be in-touch with applicants after you have applied to provide updates on any changes to future courses.

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Level-Up your career with a CompTIA Network+ Certification

This Accelerated Network+ Alumni course will run for 8 weeks, 14 hours per week. Sessions are fully remote on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, culminating in the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam.

Throughout this course, learners will continue to sharpen their technical skills through activities simulating real world security scenarios, performing networking research, and class discussions of current events. Learners will take several practice assessments and will work in groups to understand and explore CompTIA question styles and test taking strategies.


Sharpen Your Technical Skills

Learn to design, implement, manage, maintain, secure and troubleshoot local area networks (LAN) and wireless networks.


Real World Simulations

Activities and assessments that simulate real-world scenarios and networking research will prepare you for the next step in your career.


Industry Recognized Certification

The ComptTIA Network+ Certification is sought after by employers looking to hire skilled candidates. Level up and stand out in your next interview.

Designed to Meet Specific Job Demand across the US

Designed in partnership with Infosys, this technical and professional development curricula is customized for jobs Infosys is committed to interviewing all eligible graduates for at the end of training.

Positions post-training are Full Time Junior and Senior Associate roles across various technology tracks including Mainframe, Infrastructure Operations, ServiceNow and Application Support. To ensure optimum placement chances, candidates must reside in or be willing to relocate to:

  • Hartford, CT
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Denver, CO
  • San Jose, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT

$35K+ Average Salary Per Scholas graduates are offered by Infosys

Strengthen your Tech Professional Profile


Start Your Tech Career Wherever You Are

Whether you are new to tech or a seasoned veteran looking to upskill, Per Scholas will help you get the skills necessary to take the next step in your career.

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Customized Career Development and Networking

Regular Career Development like resume reviews, mock interviews, and "Meet the Employer" sessions will familiarize you with our employer partners, meet with other IT professionals and help prepare you for the job search.

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Direct Connection to Jobs at Infosys

Graduates will receive job placement support from Infosys and identify career opportunities leveraging their new and existing skills.

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What You'll Learn

Curriculum

Our 8 week curriculum equips you with the skills you need.

Week 1
  • Students Must Complete the Per Scholas Onboarding Course (1 hr)
  • Chapter 1- Computer Network Fundamentals
  • Chapter 2 – The OSI Reference Model
Week 2
  • Chapter 3 – Network Components
  • Chapter 4 – Ethernet Technology
Week 3
  • Chapter 5 – IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing 
  • Chapter 6 – Routing IP Packets
Week 4
  • Chapter 7 – Wide Area Networks
  • Chapter 8 – Wireless LANs
Week 5
  • Chapters 9 – Network Optimization
  • Chapters 10 – Command Line Tool
Week 6
  • Chapter 11 – Network Management
  • Chapter 12 -Network Security
Week 7
  • Chapter 13 – Network Policies and Best Practices
  • Chapter 14 – Network Troubleshooting
Week 8 - Test Prep
  • Network + Pre – Exams
  • Final Exam Test Prep 
  • Qualification Exam Test Prep
Certification Exam Testing

If you qualify for an exam voucher you must take it the week after completion of the course.

Curriculum

Our 8 week curriculum equips you with the skills you need.

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How You'll Learn


Learn How to Think Like An IT Professional

Prepare to handle real workplace demands by challenging your understanding of course material and scenario problem solving.


Professional Training with Employer Partners

Construct a tech professional resume, practice your interviewing skills and receive career counseling for our Business Solutions staff.

Meet Your Instructors

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.

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Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites

You Must have 1 of 4 Certifications:

● Google IT Pro
● IBM SkillsBuild ITFL
● CompTIA A+
● AWS Cloud Practitioner

Time Since Graduation

You must have completed a prior Per Scholas course, and you become eligible to take this course 45 days after graduation.

Availability

All course sessions are mandatory, so you must be able to meet the time commitment of the following schedule:

Evening & Saturday:
Weeknights: 6 PM EST – 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 10 AM EST – 3 PM EST

What if I don't meet the prerequisites?

In the event you do not meet the pre-requisites for this course a member of the alumni services team will be in touch with an action plan.

More Than a Technical Training

Technical and career development resources available at no additional cost to help you develop the skills you need for the job you want.


Virtual Learning from Wherever You are!

This course is delivered virtually and is open to learners from any US city.


A Community of Support

Partner with your classmates to form study groups and create a community dedicated to everyone’s personal and professional success. Learner support resources such as financial coaching, case management, and emergency financial support resources are offered to all learners as needed.


Alumni Advancement

Complimentary upskilling opportunities extended to alumni up to two years post graduation to help them match employer hiring candidate profiles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if completed my initial training but did not pass the CompTIA exam?

You may be eligible for a retest voucher if you failed your exam by less than 50 points. Please connect with your instructor for details. Alternatively, we are creating pathways for alumni to obtain a Google IT Professional equivalency. Details will be announced and shared via the alumni slack channel and email communication.

What is Phase II (Graduate)?

Phase II begins upon course completion and typically lasts 4-6 months. The primary focus of phase II is to celebrate graduates, connect with a robust peer and employer network, and securing employment.

Phase II Checklist:

  • Connect with Business Solutions
  • Join alumni Slack channel
  • Job search
    • Actively applying and interviewing
  • Secure employment
  • Submit offer letter or EVF to business solutions
What resources teams are available post-graduation?

Learner Support: Learner Support aims to mirror an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Financial Advising

Business Solutions: Liaison between Per Scholas alums and the employer partners.

  • Sourcing employment opportunities
  • Support alumni to find gainful employment after graduation

Professional Development Coach: Refresh you your personal and professional knowledge and skills.

  • Resume/ Cover letter review
  • Pitch practice
  • Online presence review

Technical Instructor: Connect for tech resources.

  • Access to canvas post-completion*
  • Preferred course-related content*
  • Professional reference
How do I find out who my business solutions manager is?

Refer to the “resources directory” in the Alumni Handbook.

What is a “collective learning cohort”?

Collective learning opportunities are self-guided skill enhancing courses that range between 35 hours – 9months. Alumni learners are supported instructor lead office hours*, alumni subject matter experts and other alumni community driven resources.

Will I receive an exam voucher for completing a collective learning course?

At this time we are unable to provide testing vouchers. We encourage you to connect with your professional development and support manager to discuss ways to leverage your new skills in the workplace.

How do I apply for collective learning (self-guided) classes?

Collective learning enrollments happen the first and 3rd week of each month. Registration details can be found in the alumni handbook and slack channel.

Can I take more than 1 class at a time?

No, you cannot be enrolled in more than one Per Scholas at a time.

What if I don’t finish my alumni course?

Before you make the decision to withdraw, connect with your instructor (or applicable resource team member) to discuss how to better navigate the barrier. If it is collectively  decided, you may defer to a later class. Conversely you risk a 120 day freeze in enrollment eligibility.

If a collective learning course is self-paced, why are there office hours?

“Office Hours” are designed to answer any questions you may in regard to the material and to build your confidence in articulating your new skill set.   Our certified instructors will cover dedicated material from the certification program and answer individual questions from students who are getting stuck at certain points in the curriculum. Alumni learners are prompted to submit questions before each session to ensure they get the most out of each office hours session.

Will collective learning courses reflect on my transcript?

No, only instructor-led certificate-bearing courses will be reflected on your Per Scholas transcript. It is recommended that you keep a copy of your records.

I took a non-cert bearing course, how do I qualify for alumni classes?

Completing the IT Fundamentals course via IBM SkillsBuild may be used in place of the Google IT Support certificate or CompTIA A+.

What is Phase III (Alumni)?

Phase III offers continued up-skilling opportunities by way of instructor lead certificate-bearing courses. 

 

Phase III Checklist:

  • Submitted documentation to Business Solutions
  • Actively working in technology or 4-6 mo verified experience
  • Satisfied prerequisite requirements

Network Support prereqs:

  • Google IT Professional (IT Support), CompTIA A, ITFL Certificate of completion

Security + prereqs:

  • Google IT Professional (IT Support), CompTIA A+, ITFL Certificate of completion
  • CompTIA Network+

 

Can I sign up for an instructor-led course immediately after securing employment?

We do not advised participating in training if you may be unable to complete the course as intended. Connect with your support manager & professional development coach to discuss time management techniques and build a plan of when upskilling is most appropriate.

How do I register for alumni courses?

Registration forms are pinned to the top of the alumni slack channel, the alumni handbook, alumni course pages on perscholas.org (like this page), and you can request a form by contacting [email protected].

I didn’t receive a slack invite. What should I do?

Slack invites are sent from [email protected] please check your spam folder for good measure. You can also request access by emailng the address above.

What if I don’t meet the network + pre-requisites.

Alumni Learners may now take the IT Fundamentals course to meet the requirements. If you have earned a qualifying certificate (Google IT professional, CompTIA A+, AWS cloud practitioner) please submit a copy of your certificate here.