Teachers at the United World College wanted to co-teach classes with youth who were detained at the Camino Nuevo Youth Detention Facility in Albuquerque 2 hours away from their high school. Because of this, and because of restrictions imposed by the detention center, the teachers and students could only visit the detention center for class once per month.
By installing a Portal at the detention facility and in a classroom at UWC, the class was able to meet three times per week as if in the same room.
The programming expanded from one class to multiple classes across a wide array of topics including art, ethics, and college preparedness. Students at the detention facility, many middle-school drop outs, were eventually taking college-level classes through Portals with teachers and students at UWC.