Sun, Apr 13, 2014
150 Software Testing Jobs Brought to South Bronx through Urban Development Center
150 software testing jobs brought to one of nation’s poorest congressional districts bringing millions in economic revenue
BRONX, N.Y., – April 24, 2014 – A new software testing center will immediately bring 150 high-technology jobs to the Port Morris neighborhood of the Bronx — equating to $5 million in wages in its first year alone. Doran Jones, a software consulting company, is partnering on the software testing job creation initiative with Per Scholas, a non-profit organization headquartered in the South Bronx that provides free technology education and job placement to unemployed and underemployed adults.
Doran Jones, a software consulting company, is partnering on the software testing job creation initiative with Per Scholas, a non-profit organization headquartered in the South Bronx that provides free technology education and job placement to unemployed and underemployed adults. Per Scholas will train the testers through its 8-week software testing education program (STEP), and the majority of its graduates will go directly to work in the UDC occupied and operated by Doran Jones in the same building. Construction begins this summer.
Industry trends in software testing have created an opportunity to meet growing labor demands, improve quality, reduce overseas costs, and reshore jobs to the U.S. The UDC model establishes and concentrates high-technology infrastructure, resources, and jobs in low-income urban neighborhoods as a conscious economic development strategy.
“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to work with Per Scholas, and I believe we are about to embark on a genuinely transformative project for both the software testing industry and our local community,” said Keith Klain, COO of Doran Jones. “There is a huge quality gap in the software testing market. This solution provides a talent pipeline to that problem and makes meaningful contributions to our local community, our clients, Per Scholas and, most significantly, the graduates of the training program. This is a blueprint for true Corporate Social Responsibility programs and further emphasizes Doran Jones’s core value of investment in our people.”
“This is an example of how job trainers and employers can partner in ways that don’t just help put people to work, but also foster stronger businesses along with more vibrant neighborhoods and communities” said Angie Kamath, executive director of Per Scholas in New York City. “We are thrilled to play a role in helping transform the South Bronx — once considered the epitome of neighborhood disinvestment and abandonment — into New York’s newest tech industry hub.”
About Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a national, nonprofit organization offering free, high quality technology education, job training, placement, and career development opportunities to unemployed and underemployed individuals. Since 1998, more than 5,000 adults (18+ years old) have enrolled in its job training programs and 3 out of every 4 graduates found jobs.
About Doran Jones
Founded in 2010 and based in New York, Doran Jones is a technology services firm that specializes in software engineering and testing consulting and outsourcing. Its clients include Fortune 100 banking and financial services firms across the continental United States. Managed by a world class executive team with extensive experience in all aspects of software development and testing, they are backed by a board with a strong track record in financial services and community investment.
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For more information or to schedule an interview with representatives from Per Scholas or Doran Jones, please contact Jessicah White from Per Scholas at (718) 772-0623 or email at [email protected]
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