Too often people get caught up in what is happening today, which is why QASymphony is so excited to support the tremendous initiatives of Per Scholas, who are working hard to build a bright tomorrow. Per Scholas is a non-profit organization that offers free, high quality technology education, job training, placement and career development opportunities to people in underserved, low-income communities. Since their start in 1998, Per Scholas has graduated and placed more than 4,000 students into IT and technology related jobs in both the New York and Columbus, OH areas.
This year, Per Scholas has partnered with Barclays to create the new Software Testing Education Program (STEP) to prepare students to compete for entry-level software testing roles. The two week STEP curriculum will teach selected Per Scholas students industry leading testing skills and techniques, provide access to real life projects, and include field studies to learn alongside working professionals. The best and brightest of the testing industry are also lending their time and expertise to this terrific new program. Experts such as James Bach, Michael Bolton and Paul Holland will be on hand, teaching hands on application of today’s testing best practices.
“A major goal of ours is to constantly continue to innovate in smart ways. Maintaining our core is important- but we have to stay ahead of the curve for businesses and our students,” said Angie Kamath, Per Sholas Executive Director. “As more computing goes to the cloud and mobile devices, we have to expand our expertise beyond infrastructure and network training. It was Barclays who opened our eyes to the vast opportunities for our students in Software Testing.”
QASymphony will be supporting STEP with free licenses of both qTest, our test management solution and qTrace, our agile testing and documentation solution. Both products, alongside other industry leading testing software, will be used by their students in their education and training classes.
We are thrilled, humbled and honored to be a part of this program. The future is indeed bright and will only continue to get brighter when initiatives such as those lead by Per Scholas support the growth of tomorrow’s technology future. We urge you to learn more at www.perscholas.org.