“By partnering with MCG, Per Scholas has a unique opportunity to prepare individuals to work in key technical roles by equipping them with the industry skills they need to be successful,” said Tracey Palmer, Managing Director of Per Scholas. “Our goal for this partnership is to provide technology toolkits and in-demand tech training to those who need it most, so that we can improve access to tech industry jobs within our area. We couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to do so.”
MCG will partner with Per Scholas on their 1,000 Career Campaign to raise a million dollars by the end of 2020 to supply 1,000 technology toolkits to learners. With roughly 1 in 5 Americans having no access to broadband services or laptops, these toolkits will provide individuals with a laptop, webcam, headphones, Wi-Fi access, and a Raspberry Pi microcomputer. MCG employees will also leverage their existing expertise to give back through remote learning efforts and donate $5,000 through December 2020 as part of its employee donation matching program.
“This joint partnership unites both organizations with a shared purpose to transform overlooked communities. We will work together to open doors for each other – from providing learners with new career opportunities to enriching our teams with even more diverse thinking and creativity,” said Jeff Elam, MCG Chairman. “Per Scholas was an obvious choice when searching for a community partner focused on education and technology. Together, we can all unite to build a strong foundation for future sustainability and growth.”
Collectively, this partnership will improve the access to high-growth careers for people of color, women, and others underrepresented in tech. This partnership will help ensure Per Scholas learners have the opportunity to become the critical talent needed to drive diversity in the tech industry and economic growth for our communities.