Nucleos Supports Groundbreaking Promising People VR Training Program in Partnership with the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections

Noah Freedman
October 17, 2023

Are you ready to experience education and training in a whole new dimension? At Nucleos, we’re thrilled to announce our significant role in supporting one of the first Virtual Reality (VR) Training programs offered in a correctional agency, partnering with the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections.

Together, we're equipped with secure closed Internet on our Nucleos platform, which supports delivery of a suite of leading curriculum providers such as Penn Foster Career Academy, Promising Peoples, Coursera, NCCER, Ed2Go, and the University of the Virgin Islands, among many other leading high-quality education and training providers, to empower and inspire learners within the correctional system.

For an inside look at our efforts, we invite you to watch two powerful videos produced by the U.S. Virgin Islands and Promising People teams: a USVI Case Study video and an "Ability to Benefit" video - that highlight our collaborative vision for this groundbreaking initiative.

Watch the Videos Case Studies Here from Promising People:

USVI Case Study

USVI Case Study - Ability to Benefit (ATB)

About the project

About the Project

Our partnership with the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections and their work with Promising People brings groundbreaking VR Training to correctional institutions, transforming how education and training are delivered. This new form of training has been enthusiastically received by participants; it's been described as "exciting," "better, way faster," and taking learning to another level entirely.

Director Wynnie Testamark recognizes the importance of this innovation in corrections, focusing on rehabilitation over retribution. With the introduction of VR training, she believes that idle time will become a thing of the past, and that having access to an engaging and relatable form of learning and training will be beneficial in ultimately reducing the recidivism rate.

Viewing education not just as a tool but also as a path towards purpose, empowerment, and self-improvement aligns with Nucleos's mission. Our technology platform is developed with the goal to expand access to high-quality education –– promoting social justice and equity within the criminal justice system.

The Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections is one of the first correctional institution to adopt this VR technology, setting a precedent for the future of learning in similar settings. Our partnership has established a model that can be replicated to advance rehabilitative efforts.

The two case study videos showcased in this blog post highlight the effectiveness and the transformative potential of incorporating technology into education systems within correctional institutions. The students learn at their own pace, engage with hands-on learning rather than traditional classroom instruction, and take an active role in their educational journey.

Courses offered through the Promising People program include:

Vocational Courses

  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Carpentry
  • Coding
  • Construction Safety
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Media Production
  • Drones
  • Electrical Helper
  • Fundamentals of Robotics
  • Hospitality Management
  • HVAC
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Personal Finance
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinary Science
  • Welding

Soft Skills Courses:

  • Active Listening and Inquiry
  • Adaptability
  • Cognitive Bias
  • Communicating Succinctly
  • Conflict and Compromise
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Effective Behavioral Feedback
  • Effective Performance Feedback
  • Effective Positive Feedback
  • Empathetic Persuasion
  • Managing Frustration
  • Practicing Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation
  • Psychological Safety
  • Recognizing Bias
  • Supportive Leadership
  • Virtual Leadership