Idaho CAPP’s Secret to Helping Men Earn their GED

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Troy Nickel is the GED instructor at MTC’s Idaho CAPP facility. As of March 17, 2018, 37 men had earned their GED. Last year, a total of 54 men earned their GED—so the facility is off to a tremendous start!

“For me,” says Troy, “what’s been working so well is just developing that human connection with them; letting them know that I’m there for them, trying to build up that confidence. [Helping them] Know that they have that ability to do what they need to do.” 

The facility’s 2018 goal is ten GEDs per month.

Idaho CAPP is doing so well, they’re second in the state this year so far for the number of inmates who have earned their GED. But the accomplishment goes much deeper than a number to brag about.

“Well, for GED, statistically speaking, it reduces recidivism,” emphasizes Troy, “but I think more importantly, it opens up pathways for unemployment. But even deeper than that, there’s an internal component to that to where they have increased confidence, they have greater self-efficacy, they have self-perseverance, overcoming adversity.”