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6 Henderson County inmates graduate from life skills program

Six Henderson County inmates  became the first to graduate from a life skills training program, an eight-week course that focuses on teaching inmates important life and work skills. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some Henderson County inmates striving to turn their lives around.

Six women became the first to graduate from a life skills training program, an eight-week course that focuses on teaching inmates important life and work skills.

"It really instills hope in me that they will continue their journey beyond the workshop and beyond the class," adult basic education coordinator Amber Hollinger said.

The Henderson County Detention Center partnered with the Literacy Council in hopes of keeping inmates from ending up back in jail once they're released.

"It felt really good to receive that certificate, and it makes you want to receive even more," graduate Magdalena Serna said.

"It gives us that sense of self back, that sense of self-respect and that sense of confidence," graduate Beth Blackwell said.

The program resumes in March. The Henderson County Sheriffs Office hopes to get more community support and funding for the program.

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