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Women of Color in Data Center Powered by TEKsystems



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This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

Columbus is a data-center hub, so get the skills you need to take full advantage of opportunities at top companies. Gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience needed to become a Data Center Technician. Technical Knowledge or Experience Recommended.

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No catch. Training and job connections at no cost to you.

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Course level

Some technical knowledge recommended ?

Get certified in

  • CISCO Network Essentials ?
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification


  • In-Person 9AM - 4PM
    Monday through Friday
    7 Weeks

Upcoming course dates

  • September 16th, 2024
    Application Due September 2nd 2024
  • Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots. Seats are offered on first come, first served basis.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

In-person learning takes place at one of our facilities across the US.

Remote learners must live within commutable distance of a Per Scholas campus to best facilitate our professional development and post-training employment support. For individuals who live outside of a commutable distance, you may be eligible for our National training courses.

Hybrid courses allow flexibility for learners to participate in the course remotely or in-person based on several factors. Learn more about the course you're interested in by reaching out to your admissions lead or attending an admissions overview after applying.


Have questions?

We can help with course selection, and answer questions about eligibility requirements and special circumstances. Contact an admissions team member

Advance Your Skills to the Next Level

Launch your tech career learning the fundamentals through hands-on, live instructor-led instruction covering core concepts and technologies.

Cover Fundamental Skillsets

Master structured cabling, physical media, server hardware administration, networking, cloud computing, and other critical topics needed for these open roles.

Dive into CISCO Network Essentials

Get certified in CISCO Networking Essentials after only 2 weeks learning about networking, CISCO IOS Command Line, Routing and Internet Protocols, and much more.

Hands-On Professional Development from a Tech Industry Leader

The curriculum and career development for this course was developed collaboratively with TEKsystems, one the world's largest IT talent services provider in the US.

What jobs can I get as a Data Center graduate?

As a Data Center graduate, you will enhance your skills, equipped with the knowledge to fulfill a wide range of technology jobs such as:

  • Datacenter Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Telecoms Technician

This program in partnership with TEKsystems is designed to meet specific local job demand at the end of the program. TEKsystems is committed to interviewing all graduates upon successful completion of the program. To support this, TEKsystems recruiters will play an active role in your career development throughout the class, including mock interviews and resume reviews. Per Scholas does not require candidates sign a contract with any employer partner. Learners are always free to their own future.

$48K the average salary Data Center graduates make at their first job

Strengthen your Professional Profile


Per Scholas will train you if you are new to tech or a seasoned veteran looking to upskill and remain competitive as the industry grows.

Per Scholas Graduate
Per Scholas' training was the challenge that, at the end of the day, got me closer to my dreams.

Meet Omari Brown


Construct a tech professional resume and practice your interviewing skills during mandatory weekly Professional Development sessions.

Learn more about our partnership with:


Graduates will receive job attainment assistance to identify career opportunities leveraging their new and existing skills. If our primary corporate partner for this course doesn't work out, Per Scholas staff will continue to provide direct job connections with other employer partners.

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After Per Scholas, I was suddenly getting interviews because Per Scholas is well-known and reputable. It has been night and day in terms of the difference between before and after Per Scholas.

Meet Christopher Rivera

What You'll Learn

Server Management Technology

Gain basic knowledge about hardware and components, Interfaces/media, BIOS and UEFI, PSU’s, mass storage technologies, IDRAC, as well as an Introduction to RAID.

System Administration, Cloud and Virtualization Basics

Operation system overview, type 2 client side visualization, type 1 enterprise visualization, cloud computing fundamentals with AWS.

OSHA Safety Training

In addition to the CISCO Networking Essentials certification, you'll be able to take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry and the NFPA 70E - Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace training courses & certifications.


Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers

OSHA General Industry Training Course / NFPA 70E Electrical Training Course
  • Utilize hazard protection and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  • Practice electricity-related safety procedures.
Cisco Network Essentials
  • Define basic networking.
  • Classify network types.
  • Demonstrate NAT address translation.
  • Illustrate data transmission concepts.
  • Differentiate bandwidth and throughput.
  • Compare client and server roles.
  • Identify LAN network components.
  • Describe wireless and local area networks.
  • Utilize Packet Tracer software.
  • Categorize network media types
  • Implement routing/switching and internet protocols.
  • Explain dynamic addressing with DHCP.
  • Implement network and device security. 
  • Demonstrate CISCO CLI commands.
Practical Introduction to the Data Center & Telecom
  • Demonstrate structured cabling installation techniques.
  • Install patch panels and media into a network rack.
  • Explain the fundamentals of electricity (low voltage).
Server Hardware and Management Technology
  • Describe server hardware components.
  • Differentiate interfaces/media commonly used in hardware.
  • Explain the purpose and function of BIOS and UEFI.
  • Analyze PSUs and their role in hardware systems.
  • Describe the role of mass storage technologies used in computer systems.
  • Utilize IDRAC for remote hardware management.
  • Introduce the concept and levels of RAID technology.
System Administration, Cloud, and Virtualization Basics
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Linux essentials, MacOS, and Windows administration.
  • Explain client-side virtualization.
  • Explain enterprise virtualization.
  • Demonstrate virtualization technology with VMware ESXi.
  • Describe Cloud Computing Fundamentals with AWS.
Data Center Security, Operational Procedures, Project Management
  • Apply asset management techniques for tracking and organizing physical resources.
  • Implement physical access controls to enhance security.
  • Apply encryption methods to safeguard sensitive data.
  • Utilize Security Cards for access control and identity verification.
  • Implement strategies for securing computers against potential threats.
  • Design and implement disaster prevention and recovery plans.
  • Evaluate and choose backup options, considering backups onsite and offsite.
  • Implement change control procedures following ITIL principles.
  • Identify and apply RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) framework.
  • Implement standards for Change Management to ensure consistent practices.
Professional Development and Graduation
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Resume Development 
  • LinkedIn Profile 
  • Habits of Success
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Communications 
  • IT and Interpersonal Skills


Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers


Sample Schedule

  • Tech Instruction
  • Break for lunch
  • Tech Instruction
  • Open lab / Office Hours

Learn to Think Like An IT Professional

Prepare to handle real workplace demands by challenging your understanding of course material and setting you up for professional success.

Participate in Hands-on Labs

To provide an innovative, hands-on learning experience, Per Scholas provides learners with a tech kit based on their training track and delivery model, whether in person or remote. These kits are designed to enhance the learning experience and will be utilized in labs throughout the course.

Professional Training with TEKsystems

Strengthen your tech professional resume and practice your interviewing skills with current employer partner employees and recruiters.

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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Meet Our Graduates

The teachers were super knowledgeable, very friendly, and helpful if you had any questions. I am so thankful for this opportunity to get my life back together.

Meet Henry Luong

How to Be Considered

Meet the Learner Profile Requirements

You may qualify to become a Per Scholas Women of Color in Data Center Learner if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Tech experience or A+ certified (preferred)
  • Live within commutable distance of our Columbus campus
  • Can read, write and speak in English
  • Can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course
  • Are able to start a full-time job after course completion
  • Ready to make an important commitment to building your future
  • Meet the pre-training income policy guidelines 
Admissions Process

1. Submit an Eligibility Form

2. Admissions Overview: Once you submit an Eligibility Form, you’ll be directed to our Admissions Overview registration page. During this virtual webinar, you’ll learn more about our admissions process and next steps.

3. Assessments: Each training requires either an academic assessment, tech assessment or both. Information will be provided in detail at the Admissions Overview.

4. Interview: Individuals who meet the assessment score requirements will be invited to attend a behavioral interview.

5. Offer Letter and Onboarding: The Admissions team will review assessment scores and interview results and offer seats to eligible candidates. The learner onboarding process mirrors Employment Onboarding.

Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots.

Submit Enrollment Documentation, Including Pre-Work Information

Get a head start on your course at Per Scholas!

Required Women of Color in Data Center Pre-Work

Required Courses:

Help Resources for Data Center Pre-Work:

Submitting Data Center Pre-Work:

Before the required deadline, Data Center learners submit their proof of Pre-Work Completion on the:

Pre-Work Deadline

Learners must submit their Pre-Work at least two weeks after they begin Onboarding. Onboarding begins soon after they accept a Seat Offer for an upcoming cohort. If a learner is accepted into a cohort less than two weeks from the course start date, they have until two days before the course starts.

Although Pre-Work is not due until Onboarding, prospective learners are encouraged to take the initiative and begin these Self-Study materials as soon as possible in the Admissions Process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can the course be free? Are there hidden fees?

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.

What professional certifications can I earn?

You will prepare to earn the CISCO Network Essentials, OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification, and the OSHA NFPA 70E Certification.

Will pre-work be required before enrolling in the course?

To ensure learners are prepared with the skills, abilities, and opportunities for success in courses that do not require existing knowledge, Per Scholas requires learners to complete Pre-Work to be eligible for enrollment.

This ensures Data Center learners, with or without previous experience, are best prepared on Day 1 of their course. Our instruction team has also pulled together additional Optional Pre-Work for learners to support your success best.

What if I don’t have a Laptop? What are the computer requirements?

Computer requirements are determined by each specific curriculum track. During the onboarding process, we will review each learner’s needs on a case-by-case basis. If you have any concerns about your situation, please elevate to the admissions team during the admissions process.

I receive unemployment insurance benefits or other benefits that require me to spend time working or looking for work. Can I still enroll?

Yes. Generally, 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.

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 may be able to refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

Is there a learner pre-training income policy?

Yes, Per Scholas learners must meet the pre-training income policy requirements. View our Learner Pre-Training Income Policy here.

I have childcare responsibilities. Can you accommodate me?

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

I have a disability. Can you accommodate me?

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact an Admissions team member to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Does Per Scholas have a Non-Discrimination policy?

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.


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