Mark Elliott and Anne Roder
In 2013 Per Scholas launched Project Scale – an initiative that offered 18 weeks of information technology training in partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Students were prepared for both the A+ and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications. Mobility’s evaluation found that:
- 80% of students who enrolled in Scale, including 87% of graduates were employed.
- Nearly all (97%) who found jobs were working full-time.
- Program participants were earning an average of $22.33 an hour, 15% more than they had earned in their last job before enrolling.
Although Scale experienced some challenges, particularly with recruitment and program cost, it represents an effective and meaningful addition to Per Scholas’ training arsenal as it deepens its work in the IT sector.