This push to introduce individuals to the lucrative fields of software engineering and web development comes as part of PSF’s mission to reduce recidivism. The organization — which regularly provides education and employment assistance to help incarcerated people succeed and thrive in society — hopes to counter studies that show over 65 percent of all released prisoners are rearrested within three years of release. (The same studies indicate that individuals educated in specific, work-ready industries are almost half as likely to re-offend.)
With this in mind, the partnership between PSF and Coding Dojo will help alumni apply to the Microsoft LEAP apprenticeship program, which includes 16 weeks of on-the-job training. Those not awarded a slot in Microsoft’s program will be able to work with Coding Dojo Career Services Managers and PSF partners to find other employment within the tech industry.
More on how The Prison Scholar Fund helps reduce reincarceration here.
More on Coding Dojo education and career paths here.