Per Scholas Brooklyn Grand Opening
Hundreds of community members, nonprofit and business leaders, and Per Scholas students and alumni celebrated Per Scholas’ expansion to Brooklyn September 27, 2016, marking the organization’s second New York location. New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo applauded Per Scholas’ tenacity in providing rigorous, tuition-free technology training to New Yorkers striving for careers in technology. The expansion to Brooklyn will enable Per Scholas to train an additional 140 New Yorkers annually, resulting in more than 550 New Yorkers trained and prepared for technology careers every year.
To read more about our Grand Opening Celebration, click here.
About the Location
The 3000-square foot space features two classrooms each with 20 student workstations. The location will expand teaching capacity; which when combined with the South Bronx HQ, will result in upward of 550 New Yorkers trained each year. In addition to the classrooms, the location offers open work space, a testing center, as well as kitchen, wellness and conference room amenities for students and staff.
Barclays has remained a generous financial sponsor and thought partner with Per Scholas since 2012. Over the last four years, Barclays has hired 12 Per Scholas graduates to their Operations & Technology platform. Additionally, more than 500 Barclays employees have volunteered their time working with students in classroom settings and mentoring programs. Both organizations are excited to continue building effective trainings and pathways for student success in the future.
Our latest expansion to Brooklyn was also made possible through the generous support of AT&T, The New York Community Trust, the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and Empire State Development.
As the financial industry becomes increasingly digital, employers are faced with a difficult task to provide first-rate security to protect their assets against increasingly sophisticated threats. The race for tech talent is in high demand, yet data shows that fewer than 25% of applicants are qualified for available cybersecurity roles.
The 16-week Cyber Security curriculum is aimed at training and preparing graduates for cyber security jobs and opportunities.
Twenty students began the newly-developed cyber security training on September 22, 2016. To read the full press release, click here.
About Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Through rigorous and tuition-free technology training and professional development, Per Scholas prepares motivated and curious adults who are un- or underemployed for successful careers as IT professionals and create onramps to businesses in need of their talents. Per Scholas provides its solution in six cities across the country: Atlanta, GA; Greater Cincinnati, OH; Columbus OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region; and New York. To date, Per Scholas has trained more than 6,000 individuals, helping them build lasting, life-changing careers in technology.
Fast facts :
- 85% of students who are enrolled graduate
- 80% of graduates land jobs
- 75% of graduates retain their employment for at least one year
- Per Scholas students report a significant reduction in the need for public assistance benefits following graduation
- Per Scholas’ training has been evaluated twice and found to be among the most successful in independent, controlled, and randomized research, most recently reflected in MDRC’s WorkAdvance report
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