First Ever GED Graduation Ceremony Held At Detention Center

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DSCN2498SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Robertson County Detention Facility hosted its first ever ceremony for graduates of the GED program on Thursday night. Twenty students participated in the graduation marking their accomplishment in a formal ceremony. Sheriff Bill Holt and Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley presented  the students with their diplomas, and Mr. Roger Blackwood gave the keynote address to the graduates.

The GED program at the detention facility is achieved through a partnership between Workforce Essentials, the State of Tennessee Department of Labor, and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. Students must meet certain criteria to enter and remain in the program. A total of thirty-five students have earned their diploma since the program began in 2012.

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I am very proud of their hard work,” said Major Tony Crawford, Jail Administrator. “It is a tough program that  they must complete under difficult circumstances. They have all stepped up and accomplished a goal passing a test that statistically 40% of high school graduates could not pass. The staff is honored to be a part of their achievement and accommodate the ceremony.”

Sheriff Bill Holt echoed Major Crawford’s sentiments. “This is great program that gives these individuals a life tool to use when they leave here that they did not have when they got here,” said Sheriff Holt. “We are proud to have this program, and it is humbling to see these students complete such a task.”

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