Marietta, GA
73°
Fair
6:43 am8:45 pm EDT
WedThuFri
84°F / 72°F
82°F / 70°F
86°F / 72°F

Local News

GED Program Offers Hope to Detainees at Cobb County Jail

Credit: iStock

Eleven Cobb County Detention Center detainees have successfully graduated from the GED program, marking a significant step towards rehabilitation and reintegration into society. The graduates celebrated their achievement with a ceremony that included cake and a handshake from Sheriff Craig Owens.

The GED program, which began in July 2022, has gained momentum with support from the Technical College System of Georgia and the Cobb County School District. The initiative, funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, provides detainees with up to 40 hours of instructional time in subjects such as math, social studies, science, and reading and language arts. Sheriff Owens highlighted the importance of education in creating better opportunities, while Capt. Yaminah Holt emphasized the program’s role in reducing test anxiety and preparing detainees for a successful future.