Amazon Web Services and BNY Mellon Collaborate with Skills Training Nonprofit Per Scholas to Develop Next-Generation Tech Talent in Systems Administration

Newly developed Systems Administration curriculum will prepare Per Scholas students to pursue AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate certifications

New York – National tech training nonprofit Per Scholas today announced the launch of a new Systems Administrator course developed with the support of Amazon Web Services’ AWS Educate and AWS Academy programs and BNY Mellon. The course was created to prepare students to pursue CompTIA Linux+ and AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate certifications, and then careers as systems administrators with expertise on architecting hybrid cloud and on-premises infrastructure. BNY Mellon is providing support that will allow the Systems Administration training to remain free for all students.

Over the course of 19 weeks, students in this course will complete technical prerequisite modules focused on data center concepts, network development, security, servers, and systems administration. Students will then delve deeper into AWS content, including AWS Educate’s Solutions Architect Career Pathway, the AWS Academy Cloud Architecting course, and a final capstone project that was designed to showcase skills learned in the course.

“Through AWS Educate and AWS Academy, we are dedicated to providing pathways into exciting career opportunities in the cloud,” said Ken Eisner, Global Lead of AWS Educate. “Our collaboration with Per Scholas opens doors to students who might not otherwise have access to this type of skills development. At the same time, AWS, our partners, and our customers all benefit from the development of a diverse talent pipeline.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to have the support of AWS in developing this curriculum, which opens up an entirely new level of career readiness and professional certification for our students,” Plinio Ayala, President and CEO of Per Scholas, said. “Looking ahead, we see this as just the start in expanding opportunities for our students to pursue the certifications needed to work for today’s leading tech companies.”

Per Scholas plans to train 2,000 students on the latest in-demand tech skills each year. Featuring a hands-on, skills-based IT curriculum taught by experienced professionals, the nonprofit specifically serves individuals in underserved communities interested in pursuing a career in technology but lacking access to traditional career pathways. On average, across all Per Scholas training tracks, graduates go from earning $9,000 per year to earning an annual salary of $36,000. Last year’s students contributed more than $21.3 million in earned wages to the national economy.

About Per Scholas

Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous and tuition-free technology training and professional development, we prepare motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed for successful careers as technology professionals, and we create onramps to businesses in need of their talents. Today we provide our solutions in eight cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Boston, MA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; Newark, NJ and New York, NY. To date, Per Scholas has trained 9,000 individuals, helping them build lasting, life changing skills and careers in technology.

About AWS

For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 57 Availability Zones (AZs) within 19 geographic regions around the world, spanning the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

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