Talent Is Everywhere - Opportunity Is Not: Support Technology Students Across the Country Access In-demand Technology Careers
Today, more than 500,000 tech jobs are unfilled in the United States - and millions of talented, motivated and passionate adults are jobless or trapped in low-wage jobs.
Per Scholas has a solution: Intensive, tuition-free training, placement and career development services to prepare people for long-term careers in technology. Per Scholas works closely with more than 500 employers across 8 U.S. cities - Atlanta, GA; Greater Boston, MA; Cincinnati & Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; the National Capital Region, New York, NY; and Newark, NJ to launch graduates into careers in growth industries.
Per Scholas trained over 1,700 new job seekers in 2018 for highly technical, entry-level jobs in high demand in their own communities. One such graduate, Tara Fuller, is a mom from Dallas who was working multiple jobs for 16 hours per day, and barely scraping by with her husband who was an overnight janitor. They had to more into her mother’s garage, and without a degree, potential employers told her she was underqualified for jobs she knew she could do. After learning about Per Scholas, Tara decided to apply her work-ethic and drive to IT training.
Today, Tara is full-time IT Technician. Not only did she move her family out of a garage, but she and her husband were able to purchase their first home. This year, the Fuller Family was actually able to take a vacation. “We drove to the Civil Liberties Museum up in Memphis for our first family vacation in a long, long time. It was so powerful.”
Per Scholas students are motivated, talented and passionate about tech, but often do not have the access or opportunity to succeed. Before training, the typical Per Scholas student earns $9,000 annually, 200% below the federal poverty line and lacking necessary credentials to be considered by employers. After graduating, students typically make 4 times their income before attending the program, and in 2018 graduates averaged more than $21/hr in their first job.
The average Per Scholas student increases their wages by 400% in their first job after graduation. And the impact doesn’t stop there -- their children, families, and communities benefit from having a new earner with a predictable schedule, a passionate for their work and a pathway for advancement. The Per Scholas Tech Powered by Family Campaigns supports dads like Ricardo who spent 15 years working as an auto-mechanic with no opportunity for advancement before realizing a sustainable career in tech.