Per Scholas connects the dots, offering technology education and training to un/underemployed adults - including, people of color, women, military veterans, and young adults. Its rigorous, full-time, tuition-free training program builds the skills students need to find and retain jobs, manage finances, earn industry-standard credentials and enter the workforce as IT professionals. Leaning in to remote delivery of effective immersive training, coaching, and support services; distributing technology to staff and students in need; and supporting those dealing with unexpected challenges (emergency needs, lack of childcare) has ensured the program could continue to thrive during the pandemic. Per Scholas works closely with IT employers who inform curriculum, provide volunteers, and offer full-time jobs to graduates. At enrollment, students have an average income of less than $10,000; after graduation, 80 percent secure full-time employment around four times that amount. Be part of the transformation.

COVID-19 Update: Across the region, thousands have lost employment. This makes the job training Per Scholas provides even more critical. 95% of students have made the shift to online learning, continuing to develop the vital skills they need to find new jobs in IT. The transition has not been without challenges: many needed hardware and WiFi to access their courses, and support in dealing with challenging home environments and lack of childcare. But support for greater – both more and better – employment is critical to our region’s recovery.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Per Scholas National Capital Region (NCR) is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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