Scripps Howard Foundation awards nonprofit Per Scholas $10K for workforce development training in Cincinnati
Scripps Howard Foundation awards nonprofit Per Scholas $10K for free IT job training to unemployed
Grant will serve to train up to 80 men and women from the Avondale community for careers in technology
Cincinnati, Ohio – November 3, 2014: The Scripps Howard Foundation,the corporate foundation ofThe E. W. Scripps Company, announced a grant of $10,000 to Per Scholas, a non-profit organization that provides technology education and job placement to people in underserved communities. This is a first time grant from the foundation to Per Scholas.
The grant will serve Per Scholas to train up to 80 men and women from the Cincinnati community in the coming year for careers in technology through its free, 8-week IT-Ready training. The course teaches to the CompTIA A+ certification and prepares candidates for entry-level help-desk and technical support roles. Historically, 90 percent of Per Scholas participants graduate and obtain industry certification and more than 75 percent of graduates land jobs. Per Scholas opened its Cincinnati operation in 2013 and has trained over 60 men and women to date.
Bob Carson, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the E.W. Scripps Company, is a member of the Per Scholas Cincinnati advisory board.
“When I approached the Foundation and shared the story and mission of Per Scholas, they felt it was a good fit with the Foundation’s mission and enthusiastically donated $10,000 to this worthwhile organization. I am very grateful to them for this donation which will be put to good use to help train deserving individuals for good-paying IT careers,” said Bob Carson.
“Bob Carson is an enthusiastic supporter of Per Scholas and our IT-Ready training. We are grateful for the financial support from Scripps, which allows us to continue to provide technology-focused training to people in Cincinnati who are in need,” says Andrea Applegate, Managing Director of Per Scholas Cincinnati and Columbus, recognizing support from the community as integral to the success of the mission at Per Scholas.
In its fifty-second year, the Scripps Howard Foundation mission is to advance the cause of a free press through support of excellence in journalism, quality journalism education and professional development. The Foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture, and inclusive civic affairs, with a special commitment to the communities in which Scripps does business.
Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization 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 job training programs. For more information, visit perscholas.org, Twitter @PerScholas and Facebook atfacebook.com/PerScholas.
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