PRESTONSBURG – In a bare room with only a few tables and chairs, some Floyd County inmates are finding new hope for the future. Five male inmates currently incarcerated in the Floyd County Jail are taking steps to put their troubles and mistakes behind them by working toward their GED.
Wayne Combs, a retired principal from Floyd County, teaches the group of men.
“Everyone can make a mistake,” said Combs. “Many of these men may not have tried in high school and feel hopeless when faced with the material they must master to earn their GED. They have to be able to at least read and write for me to teach them in the GED program. If they can’t, then they belong in a different program. I teach at the jail two days a week and I have gotten to know these men and I see their potential. When they realize they can do the problems and are making improvements it often gives them a confidence in themselves they haven’t felt in a long time.”
Most of the men said they want to better themselves for their family and children. The program is giving not only diplomas, but also self-esteem and confidence to the participants.
“Anytime I can help someone it is rewarding,” Combs said. “I have seen a couple of individuals whom have achieved their GED through classes at the jail enrolling in college.”
Jail is a stumbling block, but it is not the end for most. Floyd County Jail officials encourage inmates to participate in classes and counseling to improve their lives in some way.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.