Consider the facts: nearly 20 percent of residents in metropolitan Washington live in poverty, while technology jobs are plentiful and go unfilled. So Per Scholas connects the dots, offering technology education and training to chronically unemployed/underemployed adults and military veterans – and transforming their lives. Through a full-time, tuition-free training program, students build the skills to earn industry-standard credentials and enter the workforce as IT professionals. Career development coaching helps them overcome additional obstacles: students learn strategies to find and retain jobs, manage finances, and grow their careers. Referrals to health and social services ensure wrap-around care for anyone who needs extra support, and alumni have access to continued guidance for two+ years after graduation. Along the way, 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 that earns four times that amount. You can be part of a powerful transformation.