Dec 1, 2010 7:19 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Inmates Getting Their GEDs in Lafayette Parish

A story about education: In an unlikely place.  More inmates are getting their GEDs.

So far this year in Lafayette, 79 inmates have earned their GEDs, double last year.

It looks and sounds like a normal classroom.  You'd never know you were in a correctional facility.
The students are offenders, like Brandon Anderson who wound up in a juvenile detention center before he could ever get his diploma.  He's now doing time for unpaid child support and he's spending his time tackling all the subjects he never finished.

"Math, reading, writing, spelling," Anderson tells us.
And more than that, Brandon is learning some life lessons too:

"It's good to communicate, to let people know how you feel, conversation."

Teachers make recommendations to their students to go ahead and take the test or wait a few more weeks before trying.

"Sometimes they get frustrated, but we never let them give up."
Carin Wilson is a former school teacher now the head of GED program for the Corrections Dept.  She says there's a misconception that the GED is easier than high school.

"Like for instance when he said, I write like I rap, that's what we have to do, to bring it their level."         


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