ARIZONA (KITV4) - Hawaii inmates at CoreCivic's Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona celebrated a graduation ceremony for 22 student inmates.
The 22 student inmates from Hawaii have completed and earned a GED and one student inmate Gregory Garcia a Maui native earned two associate degrees and currently working on his bachelor's degree.
"The pandemic presented us with some hurdles, requiring us to pause some of our educational programmings for the health and safety of those in our care. Once we were able to resume our programming safely, we helped students get back on track to meet their education goals," said Deborah Prososki, principal at Saguaro.
Following the graduation ceremony, graduates and staff at Saguaro enjoyed a catered meal together to celebrate the special occasion.
Those student inmates who have earned a GED qualify to move on to the next step in their education, as well as further their chances of earning a job once they are released and return back to their communities.
"Our goal is to help these students find the best path to a successful reentry, and I believe we achieve this goal every time we celebrate a graduation at Saguaro," said Prososki.