Nana Grants, Inc. is proud to partner with Per Scholas, Inc. to cover the cost of child care so low-income single mothers can attend job training programs that will help them get good-paying jobs in the technology industry and attain economic mobility.

The partnership with Per Scholas marks the first expansion for Nana Grants beyond technical colleges and universities by bringing the power of child care grants to the technical job training sector where women can earn valuable technology skills training and certifications in as little as 12 weeks.

Per Scholas is a national nonprofit that offers tuition-free tech training in high-demand courses, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) development, cloud development, cyber security and full stack Java. Many courses include collaboration with potential employers such as AWS, TEKsystems and Infosys.

More than 80% of Per Scholas graduates find full-time employment within one year of graduating, and almost nine out of 10 graduates are people of color. Per Scholas has graduated more than 11,000 people since inception, and graduates on average have experienced over a 300% increase in income after completing their training.

“We are thrilled to partner with Per Scholas to eliminate child care as a barrier to education and economic independence,” said Erica Stephens, Founder and Executive Director of Nana Grants. “Tuition-free training from Per Scholas and free child care through Nana Grants make it possible for single moms to acquire lucrative skills on a compressed schedule and get hired for well-paying jobs even faster.”

Nana Grants and Per Scholas will work together to identify candidates for child care grants, determine eligibility for other funding sources and exchange information on the progress of recipients. The partnership begins in February 2021, and Nana Grants will focus on Per Scholas students in the state of Georgia.

“Per Scholas solves the tuition hurdle by offering free courses, but the cost of child care is still a challenge for many of our prospective students,” said Tracey Palmer, Managing Director for Atlanta for Per Scholas. “We are delighted to partner with Nana Grants to knock down that final hurdle and bring more single mothers into our programs so they can have greater economic mobility. Importantly, this partnership will also increase access to the tech sector for women, who have historically been underrepresented in technology fields.”

ABOUT NANA GRANTS

Nana Grants, Inc. is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our formula is simple: Child Care + Education = Economic Mobility. Each Nana Grant helps cover the cost of child care for low-income single mothers attending college, university or an approved job training program in Georgia. Our goal is to remove the uncertainty of continuous, quality child care from the equation so that student mothers can focus on their studies, graduate and have a rewarding, well-compensated career. To learn more, please visit nanagrants.org.

ABOUT PER SCHOLAS

Per Scholas, Inc. is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that has been advancing economic mobility for over 25 years. Through rigorous training, professional development and robust employer connections, we prepare individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry. We partner with leading employers to build more diverse talent pools, directly connecting our graduates to new career opportunities with leading employers, from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups. With campuses in 14 cities, To date, Per Scholas has trained more than 12,000 individuals in tech skills, building bridges to careers in technology.  To learn more, please visit perscholas.org.

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