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Posted on: April 28, 2016

GoUpstate: Spartanburg County Detention Center to offer GED program to inmates

Inmate GED

By Daniel Gross, Spartanburg Herald Journal

Inmates at the Spartanburg County jail will soon have the opportunity to earn their GED behind bars.
On Monday, the detention center and Spartanburg County Adult Education will begin offering General Educational Development classes and tests in hopes of making inmates better suited for employment upon their release.

The idea of a GED program at the jail has been talked about since August. Adult Education has hired part-time teachers who will come to the facility 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to teach classes and administer tests on each GED subject — science, reading, language arts and math.

"If you don't have a high school diploma, are you likely to get a job?" Detention Center Director Neal Urch asked jail staff in a briefing last week. "The community needs your support on this. … A lot of people have taken a lot of their time and energy to do these things, to better (the inmates)."

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