In­mates earn­ing vo­ca­tional cer­tifi­cates sur­pass goal

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The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tions (GDC) re­cently an­nounced that the num­ber of vo­ca­tional cer­tifi­cates com­pleted by in­car­cer­ated of­fend­ers has sur­passed the agency’s goal of 7,000 for Fis­cal Year 2018.

By the end of March, the to­tal num­ber of com­ple­tions reached 7,76, with that num­ber grow­ing to 7,799 by May 1.

In keep­ing with GDC’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing of­fend­ers have pro­gram­ming avail­able to aid in their suc­cess­ful reen­try, six ad­di­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram Spe­cial­ists are in place and are ded­i­cated full-time to pro­vide sup­port for ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion in each of GDC’s three re­gions.

“Com­plet­ing a vo­ca­tional pro­gram cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity for of­fend­ers to learn a skill while in­car­cer­ated and be­come pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens when re­turn­ing to their com­mu­ni­ties,” said Com­mis­sioner Gre­gory C. Dozier. “I am proud of our team for their com­mit­ment to help­ing of­fend­ers with suc­cess­ful reen­try.”

“This team has been in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for of­fender ed­u­ca­tion and im­prov­ing staff train­ing on iden­ti­fy­ing, sched­ul­ing, and com­plet­ing ca­reer tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Dr. Heather Cor­bett, Di­rec­tor of Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion at GDC. “We are al­ways an­a­lyz­ing data to look for ways we can con­tinue to im­prove,” she added.

The num­ber of vo­ca­tional com­ple­tions, in­clud­ing ca­reer, tech­ni­cal, and on-the­job train­ing, in­creased by 41.7 per­cent, from 4,298, in fis­cal year 2016, to 6,090, in fis­cal year 2017.

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