Free technical training will be offered to Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Executives from governments, U.S. businesses and New York-based nonprofits recently came together to celebrate an increased effort to train more New Yorkers for successful careers in tech . Through an innovative satellite model leveraging on-site streaming technology, potential new learners will be able to participate in a variety of free training courses in New York City led by nationally recognized Per Scholas.

The Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC at Sea View has been selected to be a satellite partner in Per Scholas’ IT training, to help develop and train more New Yorkers for successful careers in technology. Classes at the JCC will begin on November 1st.

The JCC program will start on Monday November 1 and Per Scholas will provide a teaching assistant who will be present in the satellite classroom to support learners in real time.

Per Scholas plans to train nearly 1,000 residents in 2022.

“By working with Per Scholas, we will help bridge the gap for those in our borough seeking tech jobs and create a stronger future for Staten Island,” said Orit Lender, CEO of JCC. “By linking job training with our already strong social services, we will be able to meet the needs of Staten Islanders with a wide variety of needs and help them secure well-paying jobs in the tech industry.”

Per Scholas President and CEO Plinio Ayala said the satellite model will help New York City’s recovery.

During the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Per Scholas trained approximately 850 New Yorkers in a virtual setting in various technology fields, including IT support, cybersecurity, software engineering and more.

“[The program] This is how we help to become stronger again and fuel a fair recovery, ”Ayala said. “By expanding education and skills training opportunities on Staten Island, this initiative will help more of our neighbors pursue promising careers, while simultaneously creating a talent pool and attracting more economic investment in the city. ‘arrondissement. “

One in five new job openings in New York during the pandemic were in tech, according to a recent report from the Center for an Urban Future.

Initial support for the Per Scholas satellite model was provided by Amazon and the Tiger Foundation, as well as the Altman Foundation, the Aronson Family Foundation, the Clark Foundation, PDT Partners, and the Staten Island Foundation.

To learn more about the JCC program or to register for training, visit

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