Monmouth County Inmates Go Back To School [PHOTOS]

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has announced that the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division is continuing to strive in assisting inmates with a brighter future by going back to school, allowing them to utilize their time most productively.

For sixteen weeks, 14 inmates from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution have been studying for their GED (high school equivalency diplomas) online through a program run by the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission. The inmates worked hard and stayed focused on their goals. On June 5, they officially became graduates of the program and received their high school diploma from the State of New Jersey during a special ceremony at MCCI.

“I am gratified by the commitment these graduates made. They used their time at MCCI in a constructive manner that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The wrong choices that brought the graduates to MCCI have provided these individuals the opportunity to make the right choices about furthering their education and changing their lives.”

This state-of-the-art, virtual online GED program began at the jail in 2007. The inmates study math, science, social studies, reading, and writing five days a week to prepare for the GED exam. The online program runs throughout the entire year.

The administration of the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission is run through Jennifer Tu – GED Teacher. Lt. Jonathan Gaul and Correctional Police Officer John Donnellan handle the program administration for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division.

“Education is the key to a productive future,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “No one can take that knowledge away. I’m hopeful these graduates will use it as they move forward and transition back into society for positive change.”

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners, particularly Commissioner Sue Kiley, who spoke and commended the students at the graduation, the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission and staff at MCCI for their support in this valuable program.

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1 COMMENT

  1. God bless them for trying to better themself once they are release to go home… Hopefully they will continue to have a grateful future…

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