Per Scholas provided a computer technician training program, internships, soft-skills training, and supportive services to participants who were low income to help them obtain computer certification and find jobs in the information technology sector.

Per Scholas Sectoral Employment Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19
Per Scholas Sectoral Employment Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19

Per Scholas provided a computer technician training program, internships, soft-skills training, and supportive services to participants who were low income to help them obtain computer certification and find jobs in the information technology sector.

Per Scholas participants enrolled in a 15-week, 500-hour-long computer technician training program that consisted of instruction and practice related to assembly, configuration, installation, upgrade, and repair of personal computers, printers, and copiers.

This training program prepared participants to obtain an entry-level computer certification. After the training program, Per Scholas offered participants internships with local employers or with the Per Scholas recycling and refurbishing center.

The program also provided life skills and employability training, career mentoring, job placement assistance, post-employment services, and assistance with work attire.

Participants were individuals with low incomes who had a GED or a high school diploma, had been in and out of the labor market, and had tested at the 10th-grade level in both English and math. Per Scholas was implemented in New York City, NY.

The study of sector-focused programs also evaluated two other interventions: Jewish Vocational Service-Boston and the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnerships.

Year evaluation began: 2003
Populations and employment barriers: High school diploma or GED
Intervention services: Case management, Employment retention services, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Soft skills training, Unpaid work experience, Work experience, Job development/job placement
Setting(s): Urban only

Studies of this Intervention

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