Dell EMC Give Back with Per Scholas

Per Scholas is an organization founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. Per Scholas prepares dedicated people to work in key technical roles by always designing their courses in response to employer’s needs. They work to build a more diverse technical workforce by creating on-ramps for women and people of color, groups staggeringly underrepresented in IT employment today. Per Scholas students attend full-time training courses for an average of 40 hours per week for 16 weeks. Their varied course offerings provide opportunities for students to test for their A+, Net+, CCNA, and CCENT certifications at locations throughout the United States.

Per Scholas IT foundations class with Dell EMC Systems Systems Engineers

On March 7, three GSAP EMC Systems Engineers delivered an Introduction to Storage workshop to Per Scholas students in the South Bronx. We discussed the core concepts of SAN, NAS an Object storage, their uses and how it relates to real world IT infrastructure. The lecture turned into a very lively discussion. Students were able to grapple with the theoretical underpinnings of storage and build an analysis using information they had learned in their IT Foundations class at Per Scholas. The session ended with hands-on practice in the VNX2 Storage Management and Administration vlab. We’ve since received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from Per Scholas staff and several thank you letters from students expressing their excitement about the content, Dell EMC and working together again in the future!

Per Scholas students have a wide range of professional and academic experience. Some have worked in the technical roles prior to their enrollment at Per Scholas while others have no experience in the field. Dell EMC collaboration with Per Scholas provides an exciting opportunity to expose entry level technicians, NOC engineers and system administrators to Dell EMC’s future oriented approach and unrivaled portfolio. We look forward to continuing to work with Per Scholas delivering technical content, career coaching and soft skills development for bright, aspiring technical professionals. For more information about Per Scholas please check out their website. Also feel free to reach out to Helen Harris to learn about how you can become involved!

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