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Per Scholas is Changing Lives through IT Training

According to vice president Joe Biden, Per Scholas provides accelerated training that works. Per scholas started as a non-profit that refurbished computers for low income people in the Bronx. It quickly realized its training potential and started training hundreds of people for IT support jobs. Today, Per Scholas trains 800 people a year and places 89% of them into jobs with an average starting pay of $15/hr. According to Biden, Per Scholas has been “successful at providing entry-level skills that put people on the first rung of the career ladder.” So far, they have trained 4,500 people.

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Now in New York, Colombus, Cincinati, and D.C., Per Scholas has an accelerated credentialing model that allows people to earn a certification in 2-3 months.  They offer tracks in computer repair, database networks, and software installation (STEP). Entry level IT jobs have a favorable outlook and Per Scholas is trying to ride the near shoring trend of companies bringing entry level IT jobs back to the U.S.  Helping people learn new skills in a short amount of time and helping them enter the workforce is a model that works really well for people who are not in college because of financial pressures. This reduces their training time and puts them to work in decent jobs faster. Helping young people access programs such as Per Scholas would go a long way in reducing youth unemployment. A better trained and employed workforce is good for our people, our economy and our country.

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Great share. And it's been amazing to find some novel approaches to tech training during our Research phase. I thought you might want to join in conversations here: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/research/freeformers-young-people-helping-business-leaders-get-to-grips-with-digital