Per Scholas

At a Glance


Plinio Ayala
People Served: 
6,000
Year Founded: 
1995
Tax ID: 
043252955

Focus area(s):

Job/Career Development

Description

Since 1995, we have been preparing motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed with the technical and business skills to launch successful careers in technology, creating onramps to businesses in need of their talents. We work across the country, in Atlanta, Greater Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, the National Capital Region, and New York City. 

Impact and Outcomes

85% of our students graduate.
80% of graduates land jobs
After one year of employment, our students experience a wage increase of 15%, and sometimes more.
75% of graduates retain employment for at least one year.
90% of our students are people of color, a third are women and a third are young adults who are jobless or underemployed.

Mission & Goals

Our mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. We envision a future where individuals from any community can access well-paying career positions, and where talent is recognized and recruited from many diverse sources.

 

Many of today’s most promising career opportunities are in the tech sector, but not every person has access to the same onramps to those opportunities. At Per Scholas:

 

●      We collaborate with businesses to design industry- and job-specific courses based on employers’ IT needs.

●      We teach technology skills and professional development, tailored to business’ needs, to highly motivated students from overlooked talent pools.

●      We match talented graduates to employers, providing career support throughout the process.

 

We’re not just training people for a job. We’re arming people with life-changing business and life skills that result in long-term success.

Program

Across the country, Per Scholas’ primary offering is IT Support, a full-time, and tuition-free opportunity leading to CompTIA A+ professional certification. Participants are led through rigorous, hands-on curriculum by technology instructors, learning about computer hardware and software, setting up networks, troubleshooting mobile devices, and much more. Graduates are prepared for entry level IT positions including as Desktop Support Specialists, IT Support Analysts and Network Field Technicians. As we’ve grown nationally, we open our sites with IT Support as our initial offering. Then we continue to diversify our trainings and develop new, direct responses to the needs of employer partners in specific regions. These courses include Network Engineering, Quality Assurance, Software Testing, and IT Security. Details on all training tracks by location are available on perscholas.org.

 

Professional development is integral to our training. Individuals learn effective job search strategies and cover important topics: workplace diversity, effective communication and conflict resolution. Coaching focuses on skills that help job seekers chart a career path, find a job, enjoy job success, manage finances, and continue to grow in a career. We also provide students with access to supporting wraparound services including financial coaching, behavioral health support, and childcare—increasing the odds of their success in becoming self-sustaining individuals.

 

We help Per Scholas graduates secure entry- to mid-level IT employment with one-on-one guidance and a network of committed employer partners. As graduates develop their early IT careers, and navigate a new career pathway, they are supported with career coaching and additional tuition-free educational opportunities for career growth for two years after graduation.

Impact

We help open doors to transformative careers in technology and for individuals in overlooked communities by providing rigorous technology education training and career placement services. Our model has been replicated and proven to work in multiple cities across the country. Independent, third party data proves that we are making positive and potentially life-long change happen in communities across the country. These are early and remarkable signs of what’s possible with Per Scholas.

 

Since 1995, Per Scholas has trained 6,000 individuals, helping them build successful careers in technology and spurring economic development in their communities. Of those trained, 85% of students graduate, 80% of graduates land jobs, and the average increase to a graduate’s household earnings is 429%.

Growth Plan

Per Scholas’ last strategic plan was developed in 2011-12 and helped us deliver on an ambitious expansion to six new sites nationally in addition to New York City. We worked further over the past two years to achieve complementary changes needed to sustain Per Scholas in all its new locations, and achieve an organization-wide culture of continuous quality improvement. Over the next year, Per Scholas will proceed with building our national infrastructure while continuing to support current sites and refine our current training offerings. Key components:

 

Expanding training offerings. We plan to expand training offerings across sites where IT Support program outcomes are on pace with national averages, and employers are seeking specific types of entry- to mid-level IT talent. In 2016, we launched Cybersecurity Training with an emphasis on enrollment of veterans, and will also pilot a new Quality Assurance/Software Testing training track in Cincinnati. We will also offer in-person, bootcamp classroom training in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dallas.

 

Fiscal sustainability

Per Scholas’ Senior Leadership Team includes a Vice President of National Development, focused on leading all development efforts, including regional fundraising across our six sites and pursuing major national funding opportunities.

 

We continue to build in-house capacity to manage a growing portfolio of funding from diverse sources, national and local. We continue to expand the use of Salesforce for development alongside our existing use for programmatic data collection and analysis. This improves our ability to forecast funding, coordinate fundraising across locations, track our success against budget projections, cultivate funder relationships, and move potential funding partners from early prospect stages to organizational investment.

 

Our increasing national presence continues to position us well for national funding. Securing this funding supports the growth of new individual sites and our organization as a whole. We also continue to find ways to leverage national employer/funder relationships for multisite investment.

 

Per Scholas is still implementing some activities pursuant to its major capacity-building engagement with AchieveMission, focused on improving organizational culture, talent and performance management. This fall, we will begin planning the next broad stage of our development (for a period of 3-5 years).

Location of Sites

List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$3,306,750
Foundation Grants: 
$4,390,752
Government Funding: 
$1,942,246
Contributions from Individuals: 
$410,750
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$325,000
Other Revenue: 
$508,100
Other Revenue (Description): 
Urban Development Center
Total Revenue: 
$10,883,598

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$7,558,926
Occupancy: 
$898,908
Travel & Entertainment: 
$174,630
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$94,040
Telephone & Communications: 
$130,500
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$1,912,040
Other Expenses (Description): 

Computers and computers component; student books and vouchers; interest expense on property owned; depreciation (non-cash); business insurance; facility maintenance; advertising and marketing, etc.
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$10,769,044

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$114,554

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$2,720,871
Foundation Grants: 
$3,835,659
Government Funding: 
$1,322,721
Contributions from Individuals: 
$111,508
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$305,801
Other Revenue: 
$124,054
Other Revenue (Description): 
Urban Development Center
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$8,420,614

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$5,772,804
Occupancy: 
$613,630
Travel & Entertainment: 
$84,852
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$75,014
Telephone & Communication: 
$88,577
Payments to Affiliates: 
$6,784
Other Expenses: 
$1,397,625
Other Expenses (Description): 

Computers and computers component; student books and vouchers; interest expense on property owned; depreciation (non-cash); business insurance; facility maintenance; advertising and marketing, etc.
Total Expenses: 
$8,039,286

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$381,328

Major Funders

SIGNATURE PARTNERS:Accenture • Barclays • Bloomberg • Capital One • Citigroup • Creating IT Futures Foundation (CompTIA) • JPMorgan Chase • PIMCO • Symantec • TEKsystems • Time Warner Cable

 

MAJOR PARTNERS: AT&T • BNY Mellon • Compucom • Con Edison • Control Group • Dynamic Network Solutions • Google • Kate Spade • MagView • Nationwide Insurance • Neuberger Berman • NewsCorps • Workday Inc. • Verizon

 

PARTNERS: Bregal Sagemount • CA Technologies • Centric Consulting • Ernst & Young • First Financial Bank • Goldman Sachs • Iron Bow • Key Bank • Leading EDJELightwell, Inc • Microsoft • Mizuho • NewsCorpsPromark • Robert Half • Scripps • USAA • Weil, Gotshal & Manges • Xerox

 

FOUNDATIONS: Altman Foundation • Ashoka • Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation • Boone Family Foundation • Booth Ferris Foundation • Clark Foundation • The Columbus Foundation • Community Foundation of Montgomery County • Community Service Society • Eleanor Schwartz Charitable Foundation • F.B. Heron Foundation • Greater Cincinnati Foundation • Hagedorn Fund • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation • Hearst Foundations • Heckscher Foundation • Ira W. DeCamp Foundation • Jewish Funders Network • JobsFirstNYC • W.K. Kellogg Foundation • Meyer Foundation • New York City Workforce Funders • New York Community Trust • New York Women’s Foundation • Patrina Foundation • The Pinkerton Foundation • PNC Charitable Trust • Robin Hood Foundation • Sunny and Abe Rosenberg Foundation • The Rudin Foundation • Sutphin Family Foundation • Thomson Family Foundation • Tiger Foundation • United Way of Central Ohio • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas • Women of Saint Michael’s

 

GOVERNMENT:Center for Economic Opportunity • City of Columbus • Corporation for National & Community Service/Social Innovation Fund via NYC Center for Economic Opportunity • Empire State Development Corporation • New York City Council • New York City Department of Small Business Services • New York City Department of Youth and Community Development • New York State Department of Labor • New York State Department of State • New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance