Inmates prepare to enter workforce by earning GED

(John Gaddy/WCIV)

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.