Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Per Scholas Dallas Celebrates Grand Opening of New Location

Over one hundred community members, nonprofit and business leaders, and Per Scholas students and alumni celebrated Per Scholas Dallas’ grand opening on June 28th. The brand new facility in downtown Dallas will allow Per Scholas to train hundreds of students a year and grow a diverse, overlooked talent pipeline for area employers.

Community leaders, Ty Bledsoe, Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T and Scott Seeliger, Local and State Corporate and Government Affairs Lead from Cognizant spoke to the strengths and opportunities for partnership. In addition, Per Scholas graduate, Tara Fuller, let the crowd know that progress is a process; her story of self-determination and training at Per Scholas provided a launch-pad that will support her growing career, and ultimately her family.

(Tara Fuller, Per Scholas Graduate)

“I was so inspired by Per Scholas, it has impacted my life so much. It even impacted me emotionally, because when you go through a storm, and all of our storms are different, the impact is the same. You start to feel less than. You start to feel like you’re not worth anything. You start to see life from the darker side." 

"I think Per Scholas shed a light on my life emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, so much so that I re-enrolled in school for IT. I currently have an associates degree in IT, and I’m continuing to pursue my bachelors in computer science. Per Scholas has played a key role in where I currently am. I’m thankful that my salary has surpassed where I was before. I was able to buy a house and pay off some debt. We’re still a work in progress, but my family has definitely felt the impact of Per Scholas.”      

Thank you to our local and national partners in Dallas and our local advisory board members who have paved the way for informed curriculum, local hiring networks, and relationships that allow our graduates to thrive in the industry.