A prison sentence doesn’t have to stop someone from reaching their goals.
There are programs in prison that will improve life outcomes after release. One of those programs is HopeWorks’ Adult Education which helps inmates in Shelby County Division of Corrections earn their High School Equivalency diploma.
Isn’t that a GED?
Think of it like Coke or Pepsi. They are both soft drinks, and people have opinions about which one tastes the best. GED and HiSET are brands of tests. The state of Tennessee prefers the HiSET brand of testing. What really matters is earning a high school equivalency diploma that helps build a better future.
What’s the process?
- Potential students will take the TABE test online, which will identify areas of strength and areas that need more study.
- From there, classes start. Based on the TABE scores, our team of teachers guide students through structured lessons that will prepare them for the HiSET test.
- After successfully passing the HiSET test, the student receives their High School Equivalency diploma.
How will this help?
- HopeWorks AE graduates leave HopeWorks as better thinkers, better readers, stronger at math and ready to take on their next life goal.
- There is a lot to be said about finishing something you started. Completing a high school education is a satisfying feeling.
- It is an opportunity to make family members proud. No matter who fills the seats at the graduation ceremony – children, siblings, cousins, friends, partners or parents – they will be proud of the accomplishment.
- Having a High School diploma gives access to more career opportunities than without one. On the average, a person with their HiSET has much more earning potential, an estimated $10,000 per year more!