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Inmates at Work on GED



School is on in the summer, for inmates at the La Crosse County jail.  Through a program involving Western Technical College, prisoners in the jail can work on their high school equivalency.  The jail educator at Western, Willa MacKenzie, tells a county committee that about a dozen inmates are taking classes now three days per week though she doesn’t believe any of those yet have taken their GED. MacKenzie says education in jail helps many inmates learn skills they might be having trouble with outside jail, such as vocabulary.




A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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