Passing the General Educational Development test gives many inmates a chance to demonstrate competency of high school curriculum and earn their diplomas. The GED Program we have here at the facility enables inmates to reach a higher platform of educational achievement and gain numerous personal, financial and social benefits.
Above Left: An inmate working towards getting his GED. Above Center: A female inmate and her diploma. Above Right: A male inmate poses for a picture with his mother and diploma.
Improved Employment Opportunities
Since many employers will not hire candidates without a high school diploma, a very tangible reward of the GED is employment. For younger people entering the workforce for the first time, the GED certification assures future employers that the employee has attained a certain level of competency. For older adults, the GED may allow then to move to a better paying, more secure workplace position. In a study conducted through the Colorado Department of Education, 48 percent of respondents indicated that the GED had resulted in a positive change to their employment status, including job advancement.
The GED is often a first step toward higher education and is accepted at most U.S. colleges. Students with GEDs can apply to vocational, technical, two-year and four-year postsecondary schools. They can also enlist in most branches of the military. However, hopeful college students or armed forces members may be required to take achievement tests or provide additional academic credits before acceptance. In Massachusetts, more than 60 percent of people taking the GED have plans to further their education, according to the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Because the GED sets the wheel in motion to future achievement academically and financially, GED-holders have more future earning potential throughout their lifetimes. In the Colorado study, more than 40 percent of respondents “reported at least one positive change in their personal finances since passing the GED tests.”
Hand-in-hand with financial stability come the benefits of a healthy bank account and good credit. Students who obtain their GED certificates are generally more likely to move to better neighborhoods and to become homeowners.
GED holders are also more likely than their less educated peers to become actively involved in their community, serving on committees and as role models to others. In the Colorado study, more than 75 percent of those who earned their GEDs reported an “increased participation in education and cultural activities” after obtaining their GED. This community involvement offers intrinsic reward to the giver and more measurable benefit to the community.
Thus far, the Laurel County Correctional GED Program has graduated over 70 inmates. Many of these graduates will go on to obtain jobs and become respectable members of society. Some may even go onto attain high education. Our GED Program builds a solid platform in which these inmates can start building a more positive and structured life
Here, Jailer Jamie Mosley speaks at one of our an inmate graduations