Civic Hall and Per Scholas Launch Technology Training Program to Help Develop New York City’s Tech Workforce

Grant from Cognizant U.S. Foundation will fund training for 150 students in Manhattan.

June 24, 2019 – Today, Civic Hall and Per Scholas officially launched a pilot technology training program for New York City non-profit agencies and residents, with funding from the Cognizant U.S. Foundation. Administered by Per Scholas, a nationally-recognized non-profit and professional development organization, the program will train 150 individuals in next-generation technology to help them find employment in the New York City area. The results of this initial pilot will be used to develop additional program offerings as part of a larger digital learning initiative backed by Civic Hall, and hosted in the new Civic Hall @ Union Square technology hub.

The first cohort of students will participate in an 18-week Programming Basics and Application Developer course, where they will be introduced to the fundamentals of Java development and learn how to build and deliver quality applications. The pilot program will be held in the Flatiron District at General Assembly.

“This partnership and pilot are essential to ensuring that the future workers of our city are able to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of the 21st century economy,” said Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO, Civic Hall.”Our vision for Civic Hall @ Union Square is to create a new institution to provide up to date digital training systems in support of our surrounding communities in partnership with the Cognizant U.S. Foundation & Per Scholas.”

Future classes born from this partnership will be developed to coincide with the opening of Civic Hall @ Union Square, a new technology innovation hub that will include a 40,000 sq. ft. Digital Learning Center. The space, heralded by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and unanimously approved by the City Council, will be completed in 2020.

“We see firsthand the ever-growing need for technical talent in today’s workforce,” said Allen Shaheen, Board Member, Cognizant U.S. Foundation. “And today, we are thrilled to help bring new training programs and new opportunities to people across New York City.”

“Today marks an important milestone in our work to equip communities with the skills and experience to thrive in today’s economy,” said Kristen Titus, Executive Director, Cognizant U.S. Foundation. “With this launch, we are excited to make technology training programs available to communities across New York—and open pathways to technology jobs everywhere.”

“The opportunity that this partnership has provided New Yorkers is insurmountable,” said Plinio Ayala, CEO of Per Scholas. “Members of this program will be fully equipped to stand up to the growing need for specialized tech talent in today’s workforce, and I’m very eager to watch them excel.”

A kick-off event will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Civic Hall to celebrate the launch of the program. There, the incoming class will have the opportunity to network with Per Scholas alumni and representatives from Civic Hall, Per Scholas, and Cognizant U.S. Foundation.

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Our next Application Developer course is currently accepting applications for its September 16th cohort. To learn more about this program, please visit and apply today!

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 and to date, Per Scholas has enrolled 10,000 individuals, helping them build lasting, life changing skills and careers in technology.

About Civic Hall

Civic Hall is the nation’s leading center for learning and collaboration focused on advancing technology and problem solving for the public good. Our mission is to embed civic values where technology and society meet, and help people discover powerful new ways to embody those values in their work and life. At Civic Hall, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, government staff, community organizers, philanthropists, software developers, data scientists, and media makers come together to share knowledge and solve pressing public interest problems.

About the Cognizant U.S. Foundation

The Cognizant U.S. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation supporting STEM education and skills training across the United States. Launched in 2018 with an initial $100 million investment from Cognizant, the Foundation has since awarded $12 million to organizations working to educate and train the next generation of workers in communities throughout the U.S.

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