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December 07, 2010
Jackson EMC Donates Funds to Gwinnett Tech's Gwinnett Detention Center GED® Diploma Program
The Jackson EMC Foundation has donated $15,000 to Gwinnett Tech's Gwinnett Detention Center GED® Diploma Program.
This program offers Gwinnett inmates the opportunity to obtain a GED® diploma while in jail awaiting release, trial or transfer to prison. The Jackson EMC Foundation funding will assist with the instruction of inmates provided by Gwinnett Tech.
"With the help of the Jackson EMC Foundation, our two trained GED® instructors, Pamela Harris and Glenda Willis, can continue to educate Gwinnett inmates so they can succeed in passing the GED® exam," said Mary Beth Byerly, executive director of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. "When these individuals obtain a GED, it will increase the likelihood that they will continue with a formal education, allowing them to be marketable for future employment and better opportunities in general."
Research has shown that when inmates earn a GED® while in prison it reduces the probability that they will return to prison. In fiscal year 2009, GTC offered GED® diploma classes to 259 inmates.
Currently, classes are available two days a week with a maximum of 20 students per class. The detention center supplies the two classrooms for GED® instruction.
GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate college credit program options that you can finish in two years or less. Through the college's Adult Education Division, Gwinnett Tech offers GED® preparation classes and testing, as well as ESL classes.
For more information on all programs, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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