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Monmouth County Jail Inmates Earn GEDs through Innovative Online Program

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From left, GED teacher Stuart Veeder, Loren Basselini of Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services and Lt. Richard Vilacoba of the county sheriff’s office congratulate the jail inmates who earned GEDs. Credits: Monmouth County Sheriff's Office
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FREEHOLD, NJ — It recently was graduation day for four inmates at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

After completing a state-of-the-art online program offered by the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission, they earned their high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs) — an achievement recognized by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Division.

“I am gratified by the commitment made by today’s graduates to use their time at MCCI in a constructive manner that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The wrong choices that brought the graduates to MCCI have provided these individuals the opportunity to make right choices about furthering their education and changing their lives.”

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“Education is the key to a productive future. No one can take that knowledge away. I’m hopeful these graduates will use it as they move forward and transition back into society for the purpose of positive change.”

— Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden

Since the five-month program began at the jail in 2007, 193 inmates have earned their GEDs after spending five days a week studying math, science, social studies, reading and writing to prepare for the final exam. The online program runs throughout the entire year.

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