Back in November, one of the AfroTech Conference 2022’s esteemed speakers was Joshua Mundy. He serves as the co-founder and CEO of Pivot Technology School — a Nashville, TN-based EdTech startup.
Alongside him on the AFROTECH™ Executive Stage were Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder Quawn Clark and Chief Strategy Officer Isaac Addae.
During the session, they discussed how to turn social capital into social impact.
Now, the tech workforce development firm has entered into a partnership set to support those who are currently incarcerated.
Pivot Technology School has joined forces with CoreCivic, a national leader in corrections and detention management, to offer data analytics training in prisons, according to a press release. The partnership’s mission is to help lead justice-involved individuals toward securing tech roles.
“Our partnership with CoreCivic is a game-changer because we’re changing the narrative around what’s possible after incarceration ends,” Mundy shared in a statement, according to a press release. “This collaboration allows us to assist with reentry by providing justice-involved individuals with access to tech career pathways.”
Pivot Technology School is providing 15 individuals housed at Jenkins Correctional Center — based in Millen, GA — with a free, virtual 20-week data analytics course, the press release details.
Following the course’s completion, the graduates are set to receive career support services to guide them through their reentry process with assistance for landing full-time jobs in the tech industry.
“Our priority as an organization is to prepare those in our care for success,” said Damon Hininger, President and CEO of CoreCivic. “Research and our own experience tell us that to move the needle on recidivism, we need innovative programs that will prepare people for the job market they will encounter after release – this program does that. We are so proud and honored to partner with Joshua Mundy and the entire Pivot Tech team on this project and look forward to graduation day.”
According to Mundy, he plans for the program at Jenkins Correctional Center to be “the first of many.”