National tech training nonprofit Per Scholas opened a campus in Newark on Tuesday to provide tech training and professional development support as a means to place 200 people into technology careers over the next three years.
Two-thirds of the first class are Newark residents who are learning hands-on skills training in hardware, software, and networking technology. Per Scholas’ Newark expansion, first announced by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in October 2018, offers employers in the city and region access to a previously untapped talent pool.
Per Scholas is looking to have people obtain the skills necessary to find work with local employers where they would otherwise face significant barriers to entry. Per Scholas intends to offer regional businesses access to an extensive source of local talent that reaches far beyond traditional recruitment channels.
Investment bank and financial services company Barclays is a champion founding partner that has supported Per Scholas since 2012. Barclays has worked alongside the nonprofit to develop a cybersecurity curriculum designed in response to increasing demand for technical security experts in the financial industry.
Since then, Barclays has hired more than 40 Per Scholas graduates, with an expected increase thanks to this new connection to Per Scholas’ Newark campus.
“We are honored to join the Newark community with the support of so many local employers and organizations,” Kelly Richardson, managing director of Newark and New York for Per Scholas, said in a statement. “Newark’s commitment to economic inclusion is inspiring, and we will support this commitment as we work in partnership to connect talented Newarkers with the city and region’s growing tech ecosystem.”
“For too long, New Jersey’s best and brightest have not been able to reach their full potential because of systematic roadblocks,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “My administration is fully committed to making sure that every New Jersey student has the opportunities they need to get ahead by partnering with organizations like Per Scholas to help close the achievement gap.”
Additional support for Per Scholas Newark comes from signature founding partner Newark-based Prudential Financial, major founding partner PSEG Foundation, founding partner AT&T and founding partner Guardian.
Newark residents may apply for free training at www.perscholas.org/newark. The first class started in March and applications are open for classes that will start on a rolling basis through the year.