Cortex expands cybersecurity and free technical training offerings | Local company

ST. LOUIS — The Cortex Innovation Community is partnering with a national nonprofit to provide more free cybersecurity and technology training, officials announced this week.

Per Scholas, a New York-based organization, is accept applications for its cybersecurity cohort that will begin June 17 at 20 South Sarah Street, at Cortex in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. Later this year it will add training for IT support skills.

The pilot program will teach technical skills to veterans with high-level security clearances and connect them with businesses.

“The St. Louis area has a large number of unfilled jobs, especially in growing areas like cybersecurity,” Sam Fiorello, CEO of Cortex, said in a statement. “Adding Per Scholas to the existing infrastructure of local training partners will strengthen the support needed to employ under-qualified workers and fill these critical positions in the St. Louis area.”

Per Scholas offers training in 17 other cities across the United States. About 85% of the nonprofit’s graduates are people of color; a third are women, according to the organization.

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The partnership with Per Scholas is part of Cortex’s new five-year strategic plan in which the district aims to build a diverse talent pool as it aims to recruit more businesses to the St. Louis area. Officials unveiled the plan last month.

Editor’s Note: Updated to correct location of Per Scholas headquarters.

Cortex, facing unprecedented challenges, charts a new course.

Cortex officials say they have a new five-year strategic plan that will provide a roadmap for recruiting more companies and building a diverse talent pool.

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