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Several Inmates Get Their GED Diplomas

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 Graduation season often means; caps, gowns and diplomas. You normally don't think red jumpsuits in that mix, but several inmates were honored for receiving their hard earned GED diplomas.

While being incarcerated at the Crossroads Correctional Center, several inmates have been working hard to further their education. "Our school is a lot like any other school and graduation is kind of the final step for a lot of people in accomplishments that maybe are the first accomplishments they ever made in their lives," says principal Gerry Kulpas.

Today 95 inmates received Vocational Certifications in such classes like computer sciences welding and carpentry. Six inmates were also being honored as they achieved their GED's."They made some tough choices in their lives but they are still working to accomplish some things. That says a lot for them in itself and this gives them a step up in their life and a better chance at success down the road," explains Kulpas.

Leroy Vielle and Michael Doney are appreciative to educational staff for pushing them to succeed, and are proud to be holding their GED diplomas."it's a great accomplishment for me you know, I've never done anything like this in my life before, being 33 and I spent a lot of time in prison and had a lot of bad things I've done over the years, this is my greatest accomplishment,"explains Vielle. "it's going to help me further my education, better my life you know its just amazing to me to come from where I've been to be able to actually study and stuff and I really thank the education staff here," says Doney. Next both men plan to take that next step and get their college degrees

 

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