Eloy Inmates Graduate From Computer Coding Course In Hope Of Tech Jobs | Arizona News

ELOY, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Arizona inmates master a technological skill crucial to landing a job in a booming industry upon release.

At CoreCivic’s Red Rock Correctional Center, inmates speak a new language that only tech buffs can understand. It’s called coding, and it didn’t translate to Anthony Bosek. “Zero on coding,” Bosek said. Same thing with Laramie Secody. “They say you got it or you don’t,” Secody said.

A program called Persevere teaches inmates HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for six hours a day, five days a week for a year. The goal is to turn convicts into coders and give them industry-recognized certification so that they have new opportunities after they get out of prison.

Stephanie Morales is the regional director of the program. “We have a 100% placement rate, so every person who has taken our program is employed or has been employed in the tech field,” Morales said.

Greg Fizer of CoreCivic believes working with the Department of Corrections and persevering is part of the solution to preventing inmates from returning to prison. “By providing them with these skills that they can take in a job that they can access, I think it advances the cause of successful reintegration,” said Fizer.

A successful re-entry could start today for 16 inmates as the first batch of the Persevere program at CoreCivic’s Red Rock Correctional Center, including Secody, who will be released in January.

“As of today, I am known as developer Laramie Secody,” Secody said. And Bosek next December. “We’ve all been successful in the past 12 months, and whether you like to admit it or not, we’re all better because of it,” Bosek said.

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