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Tech Fundamentals TWOC

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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.

Per Scholas is proud to team up with the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to launch the Tech Women of Color (TWOC) training in Columbus. The Tech Fundamentals TWOC course is designed for women and offers the opportunity to earn the CISCO IT Essentials and Networking Essentials certifications, equipping you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs.

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  • Hybrid

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

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Course level

Suitable for all levels ?

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  • CISCO IT Essentials ?
  • CISCO Network Essentials ?

Schedule

  • Hybrid 10AM - 3PM
    Monday through Friday
    15 weeks
  • Hybrid 3PM-8PM
    Monday through Friday
    15 weeks

Upcoming course dates

  • January 23rd, 2023
    Application Due January 9th, 2023
  • May 2023
  • Fall 2023

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

What you will get out of the Tech Fundamentals TWOC

Learn the fundamentals of IT, Windows Server, and best practices to prepare for one of today’s most in demand careers.


Women in Tech

This course is designed with women in mind, and with the goal of understanding how to overcome the barriers women face entering the industry. It is open to women of color with a real, deep interest in technology, a genuine enthusiasm for entering the industry, and a commitment to doing the rigorous work required to secure both knowledge and experience required by employers.


Flexible Support Scheduling

Delivered on a modified schedule to accommodate women who may need to manage to drop off and pick-up from schools or daycare, learners also will have access to daytime office hours, tutoring, mentoring, and career development programming. Please note, this course demands extra studying/ work outside of the classroom (approximately 2 to 3 hours/day).


Technical Training in Only 15 Weeks

Become versed in topics such as mobile devices, networking technology, cloud computing, and network troubleshooting. Get certified fast and without student debt.

What jobs can I get as a Tech Fundamentals TWOC graduate?

As a Tech Fundamentals TWOC graduate, you will earn the CISCO IT Essentials and Networking Essentials certifications, equipping you with the knowledge to fulfill a wide range of entry-level technology positions. Work in an office supporting computer users, help manage a global corporate network, or becoming a field technician installing and servicing equipment at remote locations.

$41K Average salary Per Scholas graduates make at their first job

Strengthen your Tech Professional Profile


Start your Tech Career Wherever you are

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

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Within a few months, I changed from a person with the least-desired skills to one of the most sought-after employees. I have become someone my kids can look up to.

Meet Zobaria Ashraf


Build Your IT Professional Network

Regular Professional Development like resume construction & 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

As a single parent, I wasn’t making enough money to afford to go to a coding boot camp. When I found Per Scholas, it challenged me, and though it wasn’t easy, it was worth it. I graduated debt-free and could be an example to my daughter.

Meet Shante Austin


Direct Connections to Jobs at Employer Partners

We match graduates to employers for tech roles across industries and provide career coaching throughout the process.

Monique Little
If someone had told me that this was where I would be now, I would never have believed them. I have a completely different outlook on life. My future is something that I never thought it could be.

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What You'll Learn


IT Essentials

No matter which area of IT one chooses, one will always need to learn the right computer fundamentals. IT Essentials covers this as well as shares the career skills needed for entry-level IT jobs and more.


Introduction to Cloud

Introduces cloud computing concepts and technology from major vendors like Google, AWS, Microsoft and Salesforce.


Windows Server Administration

Learn how to administer, install, upgrade, and configure Windows Server 2019. They’ll learn about topics including DHCP, DNS, Deploying Images and joining an Active Directory Domain.

Sample Schedule

  • Tech Instruction
  • Lunch
  • Labs / Additional Tech Instruction / Office Hours

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.


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. These kits are designed to enhance the learning experience and will be utilized in labs throughout the course.


Professional Training with Employer Partners

Construct a tech professional resume and practice your interviewing skills with employees from some of our employer partners.

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

I never really knew how to communicate professionally or sell myself in an interview, but with the management and development team at Per Scholas, I was able to build on my mindset, my character, and my technical skills. I am grateful for Per Scholas in many ways.

Meet Tara Jacobs

Application Details

Learner Profile

You may qualify to become a Per Scholas Tech Fundamentals TWOC Learner if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Live within Franklin County, OH
  • 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
  • Are ready to make an important commitment to building your future
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. Background Check: Per Scholas believes technology can create opportunities and is committed to ensuring applicants are set up to succeed beyond the training program. Using a fair and efficient platform through Checkr, applicants will receive a secure link, provide the necessary virtual consents and complete the required screening information. Background check results will be provided to both the applicant and Per Scholas.

6. 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.

More than a Technical Training

Additional professional development and support included to help you develop the skills you need for the job you want now and in the future.


Modern Facilities

In-Person courses offer each trainee their own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course with breakout spaces to socialize and study.


A Community of Support

Build Personal and Financial Wellness by partnering with our Learner Support Team. Learners and Alums work with Financial Coaches to gain financial control and chart a path to achieve financial goals, and their Learner Support Managers to design success plans to achieve personal goals and support personal wellness.


Alumni Advancement

Complimentary upskilling opportunities extended to alumni up to two years post graduation to help them match in demand employer hiring profiles and continue their career growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of jobs can I get after completing this training?

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 desktop support.

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

Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $37,000 per year.

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 IT Essentials and Networking Essentials certifications. As a Per Scholas graduate, you may have access to advanced certifications as well like the Security+ certification and others.

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.

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.