Detention Center inmates earn GED, Associate degrees

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright and NPSO Major of Corrections Roger Henson presented two Natchitoches Parish Detention Center inmates GED certificates and two inmates Ashland College Associate Degrees following their completion of HiSET educational instruction and college curriculum studies during fall commencement ceremonies at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on Dec. 16, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPDC Education Coordinator Deputy Monia Jackson, MA said we offer this educational opportunity to offenders housed at the detention center, to assist them in gaining educational skills and knowledge that leads to productive and practical work experiences. It aids offenders in transitioning back into the community upon release with a diploma or college degree.”

Graduates were: William Brickhouse-HiSET, Travis Braden-HiSET, Patrick Cole III-Associate Degree and Charles Jones-Associate Degree.

Attending the ceremonies were: Sheriff Stuart Wright, Major Roger Henson, Deputy Jarvis Robinson-Education Instructor, Cara Stanfield-Ashland College Site Director, Director, Deputy Monia Jackson-Education Coordinator, Chief Greg Dunn, Major Doug Rachal and NPDC Captain Aaron Sines.

The educational programs offered at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center are approved by the Louisiana Department of Corrections and La. Department of Education.