SIDNEY — An inmate at the Shelby County Jail is now a graduate after passing his GED examination.
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart, Chief Deputy Jim Frye and Upper Valley Career Center instructor Brian Szwajkos recently congratulated inmate Skyler Reynolds for successfully passing his GED examination while incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail.
Brian Szwajkos, a certified instructor for the Upper Valley Career Center, comes to the jail two times a week. This program is funded by the ABLE program (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) through the Career Center. Szwajkos works with prisoners on an individual basis to prepare them for the examination.
The exam consists of four different sections and the person pass all four sections of the GED test to successfully obtain a GED. The Shelby County Jail has had up to 35 prisoners in one year achieve and successfully pass the GED examination. Any prisoner that has not graduated from high school is invited to participate in the GED program. The goal of this program is to help prisoners finish their education requirements so that they may re-enter society and have an easier time finding a job.
“We hope that this program offers each prisoner the opportunity to better themselves and to become productive members of society,” said Lenhart.