GED Instruction at Slayton Work Camp
In November, 2009, ABE Teacher Chris Blake began providing GED instruction for
students at Slayton Work Camp. He began with twelve students. This number dropped to
seven; and on January 13, 2010, three of these qualified to take the official GED test. All
three passed the test. Two of these three will see the Parole Board on February 1. The inmates
at Slayton Work Camp are considered non-violent and require minimum security.
They are housed outside the fenced area and cannot be instructed or tested with the
maximum security population.
Lead Teacher Kathryn Toler did not expect to be able to address the GED needs of these
inmates until filling a vacant position, training a new teacher, and then assigning that
teacher Work Camp responsibilities. In early November, Chris approached Kathryn and
asked that he be given the added responsibility of teaching these students. He thought it
would be a challenge and something very different from his 8 years of classroom experience
with maximum security inmates. Two of the three had never tested before. One of
Mr. Blake’s regular classroom students recently
earned the distinction of being among those who
passed the official GED test with a score of
3,000+. This first-time tester made 3,210 on his
GED test in December.
Chris is a very dedicated teacher and does a great
job with all of his students. It is rewarding for him
to see students achieve, especially those who will
be leaving Mt. Olive and returning to the community.
Posted:February 8, 2010