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Cornhole is not exclusive to tailgating and barbeques. Per Scholas ‘Toss for Techs’ fundraiser.

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September 30, 2015

Cincinnati, OH — Cornhole is not exclusive to tailgating and barbeques. National IT job training nonprofit Per Scholas is hosting a cornhole tournament fundraiser to bring attention to the booming tech industry in Greater Cincinnati and how its job training model is transforming locals into a skilled workforce to help fuel it. The event will be October 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the CityLink Center 800 Bank Street. Tickets are on sale now and open to the public.

Per Scholas came to Cincinnati just two years ago to provide its high-impact, tuition-free IT job training and offers its services to those disconnected from the professional workforce, individuals out of work or in low-wage jobs. In two years Per Scholas has trained 132 new technologists and graduates are working in tech jobs at more than 50 local companies. They’ve earned the attention and recognition from the White House TechHire initiative, Mayor Cranley’s office, and the Cincinnati Business community.

“The curriculum is exactly the training that our new hires need to handle the complex challenges they face as employees of Pomeroy,” said Ray Bradley, Manager at Pomeroy, an IT services firm located in Greater Cincinnati.

Rita Knaff, a graduate of Per Scholas and now an employee at Pomeroy, made a career transition after being laid off during the economic downturn. She held her previous job in the airline industry for close to 20 years. “I knew I had to make my skills relevant to the job market today. Per Scholas didn’t just teach the technical skills, but how to actually be successful on the job.”

The cost of a ticket to Toss for Techs will go directly to fund the IT job training and job placement services. A general admission ticket includes food and drink tickets, as well as general play cornhole. There will be entry into a competitive cornhole tournament officiated by Frank Geers, President & CEO at American Cornhole Organization (ACO). If you would like to compete in the tournament, please indicate that when purchasing your ticket. There are 5 people per team and prizes for winners.

The event is supported and sponsored by local businesses CompuCom, E.W. Scripps Company, Ernst and Young LLP, First Financial Bank, Promark, Qvidian, and TEKsystems, as well as the site host CityLink.

Do good:

  • Get in the game. Tickets are $50-$75. Buy in advance.
  • See the happy stories on the Per Scholas Instagram
  • Learn more about volunteering, applying & other ways to get involved
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