Inmates at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center earned either high school diplomas or associate degrees while incarcerated. From left are Maj. Roger Henson, Warden; Deputy Jarvis Robinson, Education Instructor; Cara Stanfield, Ashland College Director; Deputy Monia Jackson, Education Coordinator; graduates Oscar Moody, HiSET; Spencer Eschete, Ashland College associate degree graduate; Otis Sneed, HiSET; Chad Olivier, HiSET; Alvin Brown, HiSET; Maj. Doug Rachal and Chief Greg Dunn. The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) graduates earn a state-issued high school equivalency diploma. The HiSET® is the new alternative to the General Educational Development (GED®) test.
The Department of Corrections partners with Ashland College to offer offenders the opportunity to obtain a degree. The College, based in Ashland, Ohio, began offering instruction to individuals at the Ohio State Reformatory in 1964. They offer post-secondary education in the form of associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and Advanced Job Training certificates. Ashland College is the largest and longest continually operating, post-secondary, correctional education program in the United States.