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Prison Education Program Focuses on Computing Skills for Women


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Brave Behind Bars is an introductory computer science and career-readiness program for incarcerated women founded in 2020. A pilot program based out of The Educational Justice Institute at MIT, and taught both online and in-person, brought together 30 women from four correctional facilities across New England to study web design.

 

"We're working with them to build their capabilities with these modern tools in order to prepare them for life outside," says co-founder Martin Nisser, a Ph.D. student from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Eight MIT affiliates instruct and coach the students.

The introduction to web programming teaches students to build websites, with core skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The course is based around a capstone project.

"One of our goals with the program was to instill confidence in the students that there exists a range of careers open to them that they might never previously have had the opportunity to consider for themselves," Nisser says.

From MIT News
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