Inmates earn general education diplomas

Two adult student success stories from The Johnson City Press.  Let's hope GED funding escapes furter reductions.

Father, son among graduates during ceremony at county jail
Timothy Honeycutt Jr., an inmate in the Washington County Detention Center, never imagined he would graduate from anywhere, but the 22-year-old received his general education diploma alongside his father, Timothy Honeycutt Sr., Tuesday as the first father and son pair to graduate from the Washington County Detention Center Adult Education Program.

The Honeycutts were two of 23 inmates to be awarded their GEDs during the ceremony.

“I never thought I’d graduate honestly. I grew up wild. ... Doing it together makes me happy. Makes it worth it,” Honeycutt Jr. said.

And what did Honeycutt Sr., 48, think about being able to graduate alongside his son?

In short, he was thrilled.
Correctional officer has helped several inmates receive GEDs
At a graduation ceremony today, Amy Clark is going to be one proud teacher.

She will watch the hard work her students put into their education pay off when they receive their GEDs and shake her hand as well as Johnson City Police Chief John Lowry’s hand.

Clark said her students, all women, will have many more opportunities in their future after they finish serving state prison sentences at the Johnson City jail.

Two of her students have already gone on to college, she said.

Clark, one of only two correctional officers in the state who also teach GED classes to inmates, said her work is much more satisfying now that she had the dual role.

“I’m a correctional officer ... with this I get to be a part of correcting their past issues,” Clark said.


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