Congresswoman Virginia Foxx Addresses Per Scholas North Carolina Graduates

At the start of May, Per Scholas North Carolina welcomed North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx as our Commencement Speaker for our Software Engineering cohort. This was the inaugural graduation for Per Scholas North Carolina and Wilkes Community College’s recent partnership, in which Per Scholas teamed with NC Tech Paths to prepare our graduates to launch a thriving career in technology.

We are honored that Congresswoman Foxx delivered the Commencement Address to our eleven graduating technologists with a note on continuing education beyond graduation. “I am so excited about what is happening and I want to congratulate today’s graduating class on taking this step forward,” congratulated Congresswoman Foxx. “I want to applaud you for all your hard work in making that big life change. Your education doesn’t end once you graduate from this course. Education is a continual process, no matter what stage you’re in.”

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx speaks at Per Scholas North Carolina graduation


This is a very special cohort – it is the first to matriculate as part of our innovative partnership with Wilkes Community College and since Per Scholas Charlotte expanded to become Per Scholas North Carolina, encompassing access to our cost-free tech training across the entire state. 

“We couldn’t be more excited for these graduates and the exciting opportunities coming their way in the near future. This graduation is a huge moment for North Carolina, and another big step forward in our partnership with Wilkes Community College and NC Tech Paths,” noted Per Scholas North Carolina Managing Director Mike Terrell. “I truly believe this is a blueprint to drive economic opportunity across the state, and I can’t wait to see the impact this partnership has in years to come!”

Per Scholas North Carolina is thrilled to continue our partnership with Wilkes Community College. With this first graduation in Software Engineering and eventually IT Support, Per Scholas and Wilkes Community College is set to train more than 300 learners over the next three years. 

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