April 24, 2017

Education

Unloop’s model is designed to provide a pathway to entry level employment as a web developer for students with criminal records and basic computer skills. Our programs include:

Unloop Academy

Unloop’s flagship program is a one-year, 500-hour coding bootcamp offered at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) and Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) through partnerships with Tacoma Community College and Edmonds Community College. Our industry-driven curriculum teaches students to be full-stack web developers using client and server-side JavaScript, SQL, and HTML/CSS. As students do not have access to the internet, all skills and concepts are taught on a local network, and students gain a strong programming foundation, learning to code without access to Google or StackOverflow. Unloop Academy currently serves roughly 50 students in four WCCW and MCC cohorts. Our first cohort will graduate in June 2017.

Unloop MAKEdays

Unloop runs one-day tech workshops inside WCCW, MCC, and Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC). These workshops are led by volunteer developers in the tech industry who teach fundamental computer science concepts to incarcerated students in a fun and engaging way. Past topics have included robotics and digital art.

In 2016, we ran seven of these workshops, bringing together over 120 students and over 45 tech industry professionals. MAKEdays provide an introduction to programming for students who may not have had any exposure to the tech industry, and build community between students and industry professionals, many of whom may not have had any exposure to the prison system. If you’re in the tech industry, participating in a MAKEday is a great way to get involved with Unloop!