Chicago

Per Scholas Chicago provides tuition-free technology career training to residents throughout greater Chicago, IL. On a rolling basis, we offer a variety of entry to mid-level curriculums designed to help learners from any background jumpstart their career in technology.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

200 W. Monroe, Suite 1401
Chicago, IL 60606

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Courses Offered


Cloud

AWS re/Start

This 15-week skills development training prepares individuals for positions in the cloud through real-world, scenario-based learning, labs, and coursework. Currently offered online. Previous tech work experience or education preferred.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Certifications AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Partners

  • AWS re/Start logo
  • Remote

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Data Engineering

Data Engineer Powered by TEKsystems

This 14-week data engineering training prepares you for in-demand Data Engineer roles. Enhance your python programming knowledge with fundamental data engineering skills like Data Modeling, Data Warehousing, Data Analysis & Visualization, Distributed Data Processing, DevOps, and more. Currently offered online.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Partners

  • This is the TEKsystems logo.
  • Remote

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Software Engineering

Software Engineer

The 15-week Software Engineering course dives deep into every aspect of software engineering - computer science, React, Node, design patterns & system architecture, and more. The tech industry is rapidly changing, so the curriculum is reviewed and updated on a bi-quarterly basis. Training is currently offered online. Previous knowledge recommended.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

  • Remote

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Systems Support

IT Support Training in Chicago

IT Support offers the opportunity to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the CompTIA A+ certification, equipping you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs. Recommended starting point for learners with no previous tech work experience or coursework.

We know life continues while you’re enrolled at Per Scholas. Learners enrolled in a full-time, in-person or hybrid, IT Support course at Per Scholas Chicago can apply for a Zero Percent Loan from Ascent to pay for personal expenses while training with Per Scholas. Learn more in the FAQs.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Certifications CompTIA A+, Google IT Support Professional Certificate

  • Remote
  • Hybrid

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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Training in Chicago

Our tuition-free cybersecurity training based in Chicago offers the opportunity to earn the Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+), equipping you with fundamental concepts in security specialties and hands-on training to enter this ever growing field as a cybersecurity analyst. Currently offered online. Previous tech work experience or education preferred.

Per Scholas Chicago is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Certifications CompTIA CySA+

  • Remote

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is free IT training?

Per Scholas’ free IT training is a program designed to provide tuition-free training in various aspects of information technology to residents of the Chicago area. This training is open to anyone who wants to unlock their potential, skills, and knowledge in the field, regardless of their prior experience or financial resources. We’re able to provide free training through grant funding and do not ever ask for payment or income sharing from our graduates.

Which free IT courses are available in Chicago?

Our free IT course programs in Chicago are always changing as we are constantly building new opportunities and course offerings to serve our learners and the market in your community. To stay up to date on the courses offered in your area, please check the location page above.

Are the free IT courses available online or in-person in Chicago?

Per Scholas offers our tuition-free training in-person, remote, and hybrid, depending on the courses in Chicago. Our course schedule constantly changes as we schedule our 3-4 month sessions, including whether courses are online or in-person. Please refer to your location’s current course schedule above and individual course page to see if the course you are interested in is remote, in-person, or hybrid.

How can I apply for the tuition-free program in Chicago?

To apply for our tuition-free IT programs in Chicago, you can visit our website and fill out our eligibility form. Our admissions team will review your application and reach out to you with more information about the program and the next steps to unlocking your potential.

Are there any prerequisites for the free IT certification programs in Chicago?

Each Per Scholas training program has its own prerequisites, which are listed on our course pages. We encourage you to review any requirements prior to applying to free IT programs in Chicago.

Are the free IT training programs open to everyone in Chicago?

Our free IT training program in Chicago is open to anyone who meets the income requirements, wants to develop their skills and knowledge in the field of information technology, and is a resident of the Chicago metro area. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and experience levels to apply and join our community of learners in Chicago.

How long are the tuiton-free IT courses in Chicago?

Our courses in Chicago are 12-16 weeks (3-4 months), depending on the course. The time commitment includes full-time (40 hours per week), Monday-Friday.

Is Per Scholas a paid opportunity?

Per Scholas does not pay learners to attend training. This is because we offer up to $15k of cost-free training to each learner as well as 2 years of additional training opportunities, coaching, and professional development. On a case-by-case basis, our learners may be eligible for direct financial assistance. Each learner has a dedicated Learner Support Manager and Financial Coach to support them throughout the course and determine if they are able to receive additional financial resources when available.

Does Per Scholas help you get a job?

Per Scholas has partnerships with employers in each market in which we operate, where our learners and alumni have the opportunity to connect with our hiring partners. Alternatively, if you’re interested in hiring a Per Scholas graduate, visit enterprise.perscholas.org.

Can I hire a Per Scholas graduate?

If you’re interested in hiring a Per Scholas graduate, visit enterprise.perscholas.org.

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