HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A graduation ceremony was held at the Halawa Correctional Facility on Friday for ten inmates who successfully completed a GED program as they look to reintegrate themselves into society.
As part of the HCF's Education Center, inmates go through a series of tests and interviews to determine placement in an academic program, with many starting off in a basic education program that includes math, reading and writing classes. Once completed, most test into a GED preparation class, which typically takes between nine and twelve months to complete.
All program participants must pass an official practice test before being allowed to take the official GED exam.
"As people pursue educational goals they learn firsthand the fruits of perseverance as well as the road to better decision making," said Halawa Correctional Facility Warden Nolan Espinda. "With these skills they are better prepared to return to their communities as good neighbors."
Department of Public Safety officials say completing the GED program helps inmates set new educational and career goals after they are released.
"The students realize that they develop skills that are beneficial for them as individuals and will help them when it's time to leave the facility and find a job," said Corrections Education Supervisor Amy Jodar. "For many, completing the GED is the first actual accomplishment that they have in life. Having a GED diploma is also a motivation for them to pursue higher education."
The GED program is just one of a variety of educational programs inmates can be enrolled in.