Nine inmates at the McMinn Justice Center are celebrating an opportunity they never thought they'd get. Tuesday, they graduated with GEDs thanks to a program at the center.
Sheriff Joe Guy says it's a great opportunity for inmates to learn valuable life skills and to get something that will help them once they're released.
Students attended a GED class once a week and have to finish the program. Tuesday, all that hard work paid off.
"That gives them an opportunity. If they worked this hard to get that education while they're here at the justice center, I think it greatly increases their chances of going out and finding some success in a job market after this or maybe even follow up on their education," said Sheriff Guy.
"While I've been incarcerated, I've been able to enroll in technical school. I will be going to technical school once I get out of incarceration," said GED graduate Josh Williams.
Inmates said they were thankful for the opportunity.