Learn How to Code: Free Columbia Program for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals




Justice Through Code (JTC) is a coding bootcamp that will serve as a gateway for formerly incarcerated individuals to explore potential careers in the technology sector. Taught over the course of ten weeks on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, it will cover curriculum, developed by Professor Mattan Griffel of the Columbia Graduate School of Business, which focuses on teaching the fundamentals of programming in Python, as well as providing soft skills training and networking opportunities. Python is a popular programming language used by companies like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Instagram, and Reddit. It is used for all sorts of things like building websites, web scraping, data analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing. Python is designed to be easy to read and use, while still being very powerful, which makes it a great language for beginners to learn.


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Throughout the course, various industry professionals will visit the classroom to familiarize participants with the technology industry. JTC will provide training and support from an industry-renowned soft skills specialist to assist participants in becoming competitive job applicants. It will include: resume assistance, interview prep, and personal narrative development.

Justice Through Code is a partnership between the Center for Justice at Columbia University, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at the Columbia Graduate School of Business.

The class will begin on Tuesday, February 4th and will meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, on the Columbia University Morningside Campus. Students will be expected to participate in office hours during the program and will be required to complete at-home video lessons and coursework in order to receive a certificate of program completion.

Program Completion Certificates will be provided by the Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Requirement for Participation:

  • Familiarity and comfort with basic computer skills
  • An email address or phone number for contact
  • Ability to attend all in class sessions


Program Details:

  • Our program is completely free for students


We encourage students to reach out to us if they want to apply but have concerns about their ability to participate or attend class session for any reason.

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For more information about Justice Through please contact:

Aedan Macdonald – Program Manager – [email protected]