Computer Coding Program Is Expanding to Indiana's Incarcerated Kids
Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star
Coding is a popular high school class often seen as a direct route to high-paying jobs in the booming tech sector. Starting next year, it's going to be offered to more young Hoosiers: incarcerated youth at Indiana's Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Indiana is extending The Last Mile, a California-based technology and business skills-training program for inmates, to the Pendleton facility with a grant from Google.org.
Reaching incarcerated individuals is part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's larger effort to bolster Indiana's workforce. In his last State of the State address, Holcomb pledged the state would graduate at least 1,000 inmates annually in certificate programs by 2020. The Last Mile is one small but growing piece of that. It's expected to expand to other facilities in Indiana early next year.