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July 2, 2012

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Juvenile correctional inmates graduate with GEDs

This year, 17-year-old Jayden, now an inmate of the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, was simply hanging around the wrong people.

Admittedly, he said, the things in traditional school that he didn’t understand were things he did not want to understand. Then, in February, he got caught stealing a car. He knew that he was going to make the best out of his time at the juvenile facility, and on Friday, it all came to a head as Jayden and 15 other inmates received their General Education Development and one obtained his high school diploma.

“I wanted to change my life because it opens a lot more doors to get my GED,” Jayden said. Because Jayden is a minor state officials asked the Pharos-Tribune not to print his last name., who state officials asked not to use his last name because he is a minor. “I’m proud.”

As was his mother, Michelle Hughes, who joined a roomful of parents and family members to watch the GED ceremony in a juvenile correctional building on the Logansport State Hospital grounds.

“He’s very smart. He always made honor roll when he was younger,” Hughes said. “But, he made bad decisions and he was hanging around the wrong people. He got his mind off track and off of school.

“But now, it’s amazing. I’ve always had faith in him. I knew he would get back on track.”

The Vantage Pointe Learning Center has helped more than 120 students get back on track this year by helping them obtain a GED — the second highest number of graduates in Cass County behind Logansport High School, said Richard Richardson, supervisor of education for the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility.

“All these young men, we may not fix them, but we sure give them a step up and a chance,” RIchardson said. “And that’s all we can do.”

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