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There’s now a free tech bootcamp for Brooklyn’s unemployed and underserved

Per Scholas is one way the tech sector can help struggling people in Brooklyn's neighborhoods.

The newest resident of Bushwick’s old Pfizer building is a bootcamp that rivals General Assembly and the Flatiron School but is only available to unemployed or otherwise underserved people.

With 3,000 square feet, including two classrooms, the nonprofit Per Scholas held its grand opening Sept. 27, and will open its doors to about 140 Brooklyn students later this month.

Per Scholas was started more than 20 years ago in the South Bronx with the goal to equip unemployed people with the skills necessary to get jobs in tech and IT.

“We are founded on the belief that there’s talent in communities across the country that’s going overlooked,” Per Scholas Managing Director Kelly Richardson explained in an interview.

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