LPSO Leads the Pack in Offender High School Equivalency Graduates in the S
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Education Department closed the books the 2015-16 educational year having graduated a total of 50 offenders with high school equivalency diplomas, ranking it among the higher graduating classes in the state. Sarah Blocker, Education Specialist Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections wrote, “I wanted to take a well deserved moment to say congratulations to the Lafayette Education staff for their tremendous hard work and dedication this past fiscal year. It has paid off with a total of 50 HiSET graduates for the year! I am so happy to work with such inspiring educators that share their passion with students and co-workers everyday! Please give yourselves a round of applause and know that I am here clapping for you, too! With 50 graduates, Lafayette is leading the pack of our local facilities, and isn't too far behind our leading state facility. I can't wait to see how many lives you all can change in the coming year! Once again, congratulations!”
LPSO provides offenders the opportunity to complete their education while incarcerated or in one of the several diversion programs offered. The 50 graduates increased from the 32 who graduated in the prior year. The Lafayette Parish Correctional Center has used the HiSet exam since 2014. Director of Corrections, Rob Reardon, praised the hard work and dictation of the education department staff in announcing the results for the year.
The HiSET exam was developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs. It is currently approved in 20 states and four U.S. territories. Scores measure high school equivalent skills, and are accepted for college or job applications and the U.S. military. The test is offered in computer- or paper-delivered formats and is cheaper than previous options.