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Inmates prepare to enter workforce by earning GED

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)—Lowcountry inmates are proving they can turn their lives around through education. 

Thursday, a graduation ceremony of sorts was held at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center to recognize several inmates who have earned their GED or Work Keys Career Readiness Certificates while incarcerated. 

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Trident Literacy Program in an effort to prepare the inmates to enter the workforce after they leave the jail.  

Adult education specialist Jennifer Moxley has been working as a teacher in the program for more than a decade, and says it's a rewarding experience to see the inmates' lives improve through education. 

"Most people would be intimidated coming into a jail environment," Moxley said. "I like it because it's hands-on, and the students are eager and willing to learn." 

An inmate and recent graduate from the program said studying every day has helped him pass the time, and it stimulated his brain. 

The partnership has proven to be successful, with more than 100 graduates from the program each year.

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