The Last Mile Launches Revolutionary Program To Train Sound And Video Engineers Within Correctional Facilities To Create Pipeline To Employment

SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2021 –The Last Mile (TLM), launched a new program inside of Indiana’s Putnamville Correctional Facility. The Audio and Video Production Program (AVP) is The Last Mile’s first program whose scope is outside of the flagship web development curriculum. Currently the program is being piloted in Putnamville Correctional Facility in Indiana, and soon to follow in San Quentin State Prison in California. After the pilot program has completed, TLM is expecting to expand to additional states and classrooms, with room for expansion within the program to provide a diversity of subjects for in-prison education.

The AVP Program was designed in-house by audio program specialists, who used video content and practice files donated by LinkedIn Learning as a basis for instruction. Sirius XM partnered with The Last Mile to help develop curriculum and provide audio content for the students to work on throughout the course. Avid Technology also sponsored The Last Mile to participate in the Avid Learning Collective, which provides TLM with curricular content, audio and video creation software and certifications.

This formative collaboration works in service of students to build the necessary skills to enter the field of audio engineering as apprentices or interns post-release. The program’s coursework from LinkedIn Learning focuses on the fundamentals of sound and audio engineering, with the intention that students gain proficiency in the necessary software to become audio engineers or producers. The pilot program is launching with the Digital Audio Production course, with intention to expand into additional curricular content, like video production content, in the future. 

The Last Mile is a non-profit organization based out of San Francisco, California. They have been providing a variety of in-prison programming for over a decade. Currently, TLM partners with several Departments of Correction across 5 states and 14 facilities to provide web development, coding and audio and video production education.