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Jeff Johnson, TLM student, demonstrates his “Instrumental Jukebox” capstone project, a simulated webpage.

Oakland City University Students Present Capstones at Putnamville Correctional Facility

Greencastle, IN – On October 28, 2019, 18 Oakland City University (OCU) students enrolled in The Last Mile (TLM) at the Putnamville Correctional Facility (ISF) presented capstone projects to ISF staff, OCU faculty, IDOC Directors and members of the Indiana-based software product and design company SEP.

The capstone projects signify the successful completion of one of two tracts of the coding training program TLM, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 at the San Quentin prison in California.  Its mission is to break the cycle of incarceration by providing marketable skills to the participants in order to increase the likelihood of successful re-entry.  OCU’s TLM instructors provide computer coding training to prepare the students for employment in today’s high-tech environment.

TLM is offered in five Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facilities:  Indiana Women’s Prison, Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, ISF, Plainfield Correctional Facility and Rockville Correctional Facility.  Students learn skills in web development, using technologies such as JavaScript, HTMS5 and MongoDB, among others, with the goal of becoming full-stack JavaScript engineers.

This isn’t the first visit to ISF for SEP.  The tech company has recently been involved with the students at ISF in the role of mentors, instruction supplementation and in hopes of assisting in job placement upon the students’ release.  OCU is proud to support and facilitate this cutting-edge endeavor!

Jeff Johnson, TLM student, demonstrates his “Instrumental Jukebox” capstone project, a simulated webpage.

TLM student Jon Holman shows off his capstone project “Java Express Shipping” and a simulated Google search page.

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