Per Scholas is Recognized as the 2018 Preferred Nonprofit Partner for comSpark




Pitured are Delrae McNeill, Manager of Technical Instruction, and Paul Cashen, Managing Director

Founded in the South Bronx in 1995, Per Scholas has grown into a nationally recognized workforce development nonprofit, partnering with companies across the United States to provide tuition-free technology training and certifications to students from often-overlooked communities.

Since 2013, Per Scholas has worked to empower tech talent in Cincinnati to achieve more in their careers, strengthening families and communities in the process. Collaborating with businesses, Per Scholas designs industry- and job-specific courses based on employers' needs and matches talented graduates with companies looking for skilled candidates. Thanks to soft-skills training in career development, and career advancement support both before and after graduation, Per Scholas graduates are positioned for success in a competitive jobs market.

Per Scholas graduates 85% of all students, and 80% of Per Scholas grads find jobs in tech. With the understanding that diverse companies are successful companies, Per Scholas works to close the skills divide for groups underrepresented in tech.

“When I think about things I actually need, I know I can afford them. I don’t have to wait or juggle bill payments anymore,” says Angela Bedford, a Per Scholas Graduate in Cincinnati whose annual salary has increased by 30% since she finished her Per Scholas training. Graduates like Angela find increased satisfaction in technology careers: “I’m not dreading going to work every day,” she says. “I’m not frazzled, frustrated, or disappointed anymore.” To learn more about how Per Scholas is helping tech talent kickstart incredible careers, visit perscholas.org.