Wednesday, March 19, 2014

10 CCSO Inmates Earn GED Diplomas

Ten inmates participated in a GED graduation ceremony at the Collier County Jail on Tuesday. 

The inmates earned their General Educational Development diploma by participating in the Collier County Jail Education Program, which is collaboration between the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Collier County Public Schools.

The Education Program consists of an education block that not only prepares inmates to test for their GED, but also includes resume building, interviewing and public speaking skills, computer and Microsoft Office Training, Mavis Beacon Typing Program, Florida Ready To Work Certification, Dr. Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and a career assessment and exploration program.

CCSO Corrections Chief Chris Roberts said he believes the program benefits both the inmates and the community.

”We believe that allowing the opportunity to earn a GED diploma while in custody gives inmates a better chance of being productive upon their release and reduces recidivism,” Chief Roberts said.