Software Engineering

Women in Software Engineering

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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.

This rigorous pre-apprenticeship program incorporates key innovations to better recognize and address the realities of women’s lives and foster faster entry into the workforce. This pilot program will provide online instruction to female-only cohorts over 15 weeks, diving deep into every aspect of software engineering - computer science, React, Node, design patterns & system architecture. Graduates will be connected with additional opportunities to continue to grow their skills, such as paid tech apprenticeships, discounted tuition or scholarships towards a Bachelor's degree, and full-time employment.

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

Course level

Some technical knowledge recommended ?

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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.

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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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What you will get out of the Women in Software Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Learn the fundamentals of software engineering, computer science and best practices to prepare for one of today’s most in demand careers.


Women in Software Engineering

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 with a real, deep interest in technology, some familiarity with coding, 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 evening and weekend office hours, tutoring, mentoring, and career development programming.


Build your Software Engineering Portfolio

Hands-on experience building dynamic and responsive web-based projects that showcase your technical understanding and creativity.

What opportunities are available to me post-graduation?

As a Women in Software Engineering graduate, our goal is to help you connect with:

  • Paid apprenticeship programs with employer partners;
  • Scholarships or discounted tuition towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related program; or
  • Full-time tech-focused employment opportunities

$56K the average salary Software Engineer graduates make at their first job

Career Services


Start your Tech Career Wherever you are in your career

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.

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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


Technical Interview & Resume Preparation

Connect with our team on interview preparation from coding interview preparation, whiteboarding, and resume/portfolio development.

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I used to doubt myself and my abilities. I kept my focus on my training and the image of the person I wanted to become, and I overcame it. Today, I am a full-stack developer and I encourage anyone trying to break into tech to consider Per Scholas

Meet Jordan Wofford


Post Graduate Opportunities

Grow the skills necessary to pursue a paid apprenticeship, a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related program, and full-time employment in the tech industry.

I worked 12 hours straight nearly every day, weekends included, and missed out on the lives of my friends and family. Per Scholas helped me to discover both a career path and how to have a work-life balance so that I could spend time with my loved ones.

Meet Matt Yamarino

What You'll Learn


Javascript and Computer Science Concepts

Understand the common phases in the software development life cycle including programming languages, animation, and the role of Javascript.


Coding Challenges and White Boarding

Students complete interview coding challenges daily throughout the program with a special emphasis the final two weeks to prepare for ‘white boarding’ challenges that are typical in engineering position interviews.


Data Structures and Algorithms

Learn how to solve algorithmic challenges and identify patterns and analyze the computational complexity of algorithms.

Curriculum

Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers

Week 1

Javascript & CS Concepts

  • Define programming languages such as JavaScript.
  • Understand the common phases in the software development life cycle.
  • Define wireframes, its uses, and types.
  • Understand CSS.
Week 2

Javascript & CS Concepts

  • Define conditionals and loops.
  • Understand how to read and write HTML and CSS.
  • Understand and write programming functions in JavaScript.
Week 3

Javascript & CS Concepts

  • Understand an algorithm and common data structures.
  • Define and create an array.
  • Define Object-Oriented Programming.
  • Create classes in JavaScript.
  • Define and understand inheritance, abstraction, and polymorphism.
Week 4

Javascript & CS Concepts

  • Define and Understand the Document Object Model (DOM).
  • Intro to JQUERY.
  • Use JQ to manipulate HTML ELEMENTS.
  • Design and build a Jeopardy-style game.
Week 5

Javascript & CS Concepts

Javascript & CS Concepts Project Week.

Week 6

Front-End Frameworks

  • Identify props and apply CSS Techniques.
  • Identify API keys and describe how to use them.
  • Understanding React Components.
  • Loading CSS into our React Application
Week 7

Front-End Frameworks

  • Use the Create React App
  • Use React Router to define client-side <Route> components.
  • Use <Link> to create hyperlinks that route client-side.
  • Define and use React Portals.
Week 8

Front-End Frameworks

  • How to define components as functions. 
  • Introduction to React Hooks.
  • How to use Styled Components.
Week 9

Front-End Frameworks

Front-End Frameworks Project week.

Week 10

Back-end Frameworks & Databases [Express]

  • List the Fundamental Capabilities of Web Frameworks.
  • Install JSONView to make viewing JSON easier.
  • Explain MongoDB in the cloud.
  • Describe REST and list the various routes
Week 11

Back-end Frameworks & Databases [Express]

  • Describe what an API is.
  • Creating, Reading, Updating and Destroying Objects using Mongoose ODM.
  • Implement JWT Authentication with (crypto, bcrypt and jsonwebtoken).
  • Deploy an Api with Cloud Based Hosting Provider.
Week 12

Back-end Frameworks & Databases [Express]

  • Build a Full Crud Frontend with React and React Hooks.
  • Understand Advanced NodeJS Features.
  • Explanation of Gulp, Webpack and Babel.
  • Review of the MERN Stack.
Week 13

Back-end Frameworks & Databases [Express]

Back-End Frameworks & Databases Project week.

Week 14

Technical Interview & Resume Preparation

  • Coding interview preparation, whiteboarding, and resume/portfolio development.
  • Mock technical and conversational interviews.
Week 15

Portfolio Development

  • Finalize your portfolio.
  • Present capstone projects.

Curriculum

Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers

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Sample Schedule

  • Morning lecture and hands-on learning activities
  • Break for lunch
  • Afternoon lecture and hands-on learning activities

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.


Career 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

During my training at Per Scholas there was a ton of support, especially from the other women and other non-traditional learners that also had the same thoughts I had. They told me it’s not too late to go into doing what you really want to do.

Meet Rachel Powe

How to Be Considered

Learner Profile

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

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have 1 year IT experience or have previously taken IT/Computer Courses
  • Live within commutable distance of the advertised Per Scholas Site
  • 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
  • Are fully vaccinated In-person courses only

*Women, youth, unemployed, underemployed and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply

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. Breakout spaces to socialize and study are also available with strict safety protocols like social distancing, mask policies and air purification systems.


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.


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?

This course opens doors to careers in Software Engineering, Web Development, App Development, and many more.

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 are the safety measures for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In 2020, Per Scholas safely transitioned all of our learners to a remote instruction and learning environment. You can read about our transition to virtual instruction here.

 

In 2021, as local situations allowed, we began to transition select courses back on-site for in-person learning, following safety protocols that include but are not limited to:

  • All learners and staff complete confidential wellness screenings prior to arrival daily. 
  • Temperature screening at entry. Mandatory mask policies.
  • Reduced class sizes to accommodate for social distancing.
  • Disposal PPE and sanitation items available to all campuses.
  • Regular professional cleaning of campuses.
  • Air purification systems to assist with airflow.

 

In 2022, we will be adopting a new vaccination policy that requires all staff and in-person learners to be fully vaccinated, pursuant to local, state and federal guidelines. Per Scholas will continue to offer fully remote courses for individuals who prefer this learning environment or who are unvaccinated. 

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 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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