​Per Scholas graduates offered five technical training positions at Barclays.

Per Scholas graduates offered five technical training positions at Barclays. Graduates will join Barclays in areas of end-user support, networking operations, and distributed technology support.


Bronx, N.Y. November 27, 2013 — Per Scholas, a national non-profit providing free IT job training and career support to individuals in underserved communities, announced today that five of its graduates were offered positions in a technical training program launched by corporate partner Barclays, the major global financial services provider. Five graduates from IT-Ready, Per Scholas’ free job training program, began their positions in this two-year long program on November 18, 2013.

“Barclays has been an engaged corporate partner with Per Scholas over the past two years providing volunteers, funding, and board leadership,” said Plinio Ayala, President and CEO of Per Scholas. “Since 1998, more than 4,500 adults have enrolled in our flagship IT-Ready job training in New York, and Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, with graduates earning collectively more than $150,000,000. The commitment from Barclays to create opportunity for these individuals is a key contributor to this life-changing work.”

Before starting at Barclays, selected students completed the free hands-on 15-week training program provided by Per Scholas, which includes the completion of the CompTIA A+ and Network+ industry certifications. The graduates will work in areas including end-user support, networking operations, and distributed technology support within Barclays.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with Per Scholas and are thrilled to work with their graduates,” said Wayne Kunow, Regional Head of Global Technology Infrastructure and Services at Barclays. “The high-quality training the graduates receive compliments the areas within our organization where we are looking to hire. We look forward to helping the graduates become successful IT professionals.”

Per Scholas works prominently in the Bronx serving residents from all the five boroughs, and is in the process of expanding to other areas around the country.


Per Scholas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering free, high quality technology education, job training, placement and career development opportunities to people in underserved communities. Since 1998, more than 4,500 un- and underemployed adults (18+ years old) have enrolled in its IT-Ready job training and placement programs in New York City, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH. Its fourth operation will open in the Washington DC region in early 2014. The Social Impact Exchange recently named Per Scholas one of the top 100 nonprofits creating proven social impact in the U.S.


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