Date: January 14, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Grant Funds Full-Time GED Teacher at PCSO Central County Jail

Thanks to a Polk County School Board Adult Education grant, a full-time teacher dedicated to helping inmates prepare to take the GED is now stationed at Central County Jail in Bartow.

Now that the full-time position has been added (in addition to two part-time teachers), a total of seven GED classes are now being offered to inmates. The classes also offer inmates career training and interview skills. The full-time program started in November of 2002.

The classes - which last about 1 1/2  hours every day - are held in a renovated class room.  The class has been equipped with computer and other technical equipment necessary for learning.

GED classes are offered to inmates as part of the Sheriff's Office continuing effort to make a positive difference in our community. Inmates incarcerated for "non-violent" crimes are offered the opportunity to participate in the classes.

Upon joining a class, inmates are given a pre-test to determine at what level they are, and lessons are then individualized for each inmate with the goal of passing the GED test and receiving the diploma. All subject areas are covered: Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Upon their release or transfer, inmates are supplied with information about where and when they can take the GED test or additional adult classes.

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A text only version of this release is also available.

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