A Second Chance at Education

GED teacher Mr. Ashley, is a math teacher at Cocoa High School by day and GED teacher by night

In the journey towards rehabilitation and reintegration into society, access to education plays a pivotal role. For those seeking a fresh start,  Operation New Hope is offering GED preparation in partnership with Brevard Adult & Community Education to our Ready4Work Space Coast. Classes began in February, and with the skills learned and confidence gained during the training, clients are signing up to take their GED tests. 

Upon release, many individuals encounter significant barriers to successful reentry into society. These barriers may include limited access to education, lack of job skills, and societal stigma. Without adequate support systems in place, the cycle of recidivism becomes a harsh reality for far too many. Recognizing these challenges, Operation New Hope is committed to breaking this cycle and providing a second chance through education and employment services.

For individuals transitioning from incarceration back into their communities, obtaining a GED can open doors to better employment opportunities, higher education, and a brighter future. Moreover, it instills a sense of pride and accomplishment, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Additionally, clients who are on probation can earn 60 days off their probationary period if they obtain their GED. 

Research consistently demonstrates the positive correlation between education and reduced recidivism rates. By empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed, the likelihood of reoffending diminishes significantly. Furthermore, education serves as a catalyst for personal transformation, enabling individuals to break free from cycles of poverty and crime and pursue their full potential. Operation New Hope is creating a support network that extends far beyond the classroom, empowering individuals with the tools they need to build brighter futures.

Here’s what two Ready4Work Space Coast clients had to say about the GED classes offered:

"The GED class is amazing, and our teacher, Mr. Ashley, is awesome. Operation New Hope has given us hope that we can obtain our GED."

"Mr. Ashley is a great teacher. For the first time in my life, I’m understanding math thanks to him. He takes his time to help us individually and that helps me a lot. Thank you, Operation New Hope, for all your support as I work towards obtaining my GED! "

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