Kiwanians learn about GED partnership between local tech college, county jail

During their meeting last week, local Kiwanians heard from the man who helps lead an educational partnership for county inmates.

Marion Shaw, introduced by program host Petite Garrett, currently coordinates a GED program put on by Southeastern Technical College and the Emanuel County Jail.

He started his talk by thanking Sheriff Jeff Brewer for a job well done since his election. He also thanked Susan Cross, who coordinates the program at STC.

Statistics from the state, Shaw said, indicate prisoners who take part in the GED program have a 3 out of 10 recidivism rate compared to a 6 out of 10 recidivism rate for the general population prisoner.

Currently, the jail has 15 GED students. Hopefully, the program will grow to 20 students in the near future.

The current passing rate for students taking the GED is 68 percent.

In other meeting news:

• Chair Tim Goodman reported on the various runs Swainsboro Kiwanis Club will time this spring. First up is the Glow Run, which will take place April 16 at 9 a.m. in Sandersville. This event will be followed by three others: the Beta Club Run on April 23 at 7:30 a.m. at George L. Smith State Park in Twin City, the club’s own Knotty Pine 5K on May 7 at 8 a.m. in Swainsboro as part of this year’s Pine Tree Festival, and the Georgia Extension 5K on May 14 at 8 a.m. in Sandersville.

• Garrett, who chairs the senior citizenship buddy program, stated she would be reactivating the initiative with Swainsboro Presbyterian Apartments.

• The group heard from four members who attended mid-year training in Macon. President Dianna Wedincamp, Tammy Allen, Cheryl Goodman, and Tim Goodman summarized what they learned about Key Clubs, corporate memberships, and running a Kiwanis Club.

• Cindy Ware won the key lime cake donated by Dwight Watt and baked by Garrett while Wanda Ellis won the pizza donated by Domino’s.

Total, 29 people attended the March 15 meeting. This number included two guests, David Gribbin and Shaw.

To become a member of the Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro, contact Membership Chair Jane Durden at 478-494-4113 or e-mail her at For more information about Swainsboro Kiwanis Club and the many community service projects it does each year, go to or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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