Per Scholas North Carolina Celebrates Opening of Innovation Lab

Earlier this month, Per Scholas North Carolina celebrated the opening of its Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab is a multipurpose space that inspires greater collaboration and enhances our capacity to host activities ranging from mock interviews and study groups to conferences for our learners, and more. 

To help us celebrate the lab, Per Scholas North Carolina hosted an event with current learners, Per Scholas alumni, guest speakers, community and employer partners, and Per Scholas North Carolina Advisory Board members. 

“Our team saw this space as an opportunity to position ourselves at the epicenter of the Innovation that’s happening in Charlotte,” Per Scholas North Carolina Managing Director Mike Terrell reflected. “The co-location with our Charlotte campus enables our community and employer partners to be closest to the heart of our mission: our learners. We look forward to the conversations and events we’ll have in the Innovation Lab and to the impact we will be able to have across the state!”

The Innovation Lab will be instrumental in Per Scholas’s ability to advance tech careers for our learners throughout North Carolina in addition to our partnership with Wilkes Community College and NC Tech Paths, which began earlier this year. Per Scholas North Carolina aims to train 220 learners in 2023 in courses including IT Support, Cybersecurity, and Software Engineering. 

Kristi Williamson

North Carolina Managing Director, Mike Terrell, Interviewed for Charlotte Business Journal

Mike Terrell, interviewed for Charlotte Business JournalThis week, Per Scholas North Carolina was highlighted in the Charlotte Business Journal! Our North Carolina Managing Director, Mike Terrell, was interviewed for the piece.

In the article, Mike discussed the ways in which Per Scholas focuses on diversifying the tech workforce by opening pathways for people previously excluded from the tech industry. Mike also noted how our professional development training sets us apart from other organizations and lends to the ultimate success of our learners.

The article provided a brief history of Per Scholas, our North Carolina campus, which is located in Charlotte, and some information about our North Carolina courses.

Read the full news article here!

Per Scholas North Carolina Featured in Local News and Television

Per Scholas North Carolina has prepared our learners for successful IT careers through our cost-free tech training. Recently, our Charlotte-based campus has been featured in the news for our partnerships with NC Tech Paths and Wilkes Community College (WCC), as well as a television feature on WBTV – the Charlotte CBS Affiliate.

We were mentioned in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot about our successful training in the entire state of North Carolina, where our learners graduate with in-demand tech skills for a high-growth tech career. Additionally, Per Scholas and NC Tech Paths work with Wilkes Community College, so all learners receive college credits and are eligible to return for additional certifications, diplomas, or degrees.

Read the full article here.

Per Scholas North Carolina interview with WBTV

Managing Director Mike Terrell was a guest on WBTV’s [email protected]a segment of QCLIFE, a daytime television program, discussing the development of our training in Charlotte for the state. “The needs of our employers that we work with drive our curriculum. We work closely with our employers to ensure our curriculum is relevant and that we deliver the folks they need in those positions,” Mike mentioned.

Watch the full interview with Mike Terrell here.

To date, Per Scholas North Carolina has graduated twenty diverse individuals in partnership with WCC and NC Tech Paths. Ten of those graduates were in the Software Engineering training, while the other ten were in IT Support. Next, there are thirty confirmed learners for the upcoming IT Support cohort.

Deziree Patterson

Jane Chen

Edwin Harris

Patrick Powers

Olympia LaRose

Salwa Majeed