On Wednesday, 13 inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center will graduate today from the adult education program, designed to prepare them to find jobs when released.
The program offers a certificate in business management with an optional minor in marketing from Hagerstown Community College. It is funded by the Center on Crime, Community and Culture and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, said Daphne Mathews, prison education department principal.
The one-year educational program is for inmates scheduled to be released or have a parole hearing within five years, she said.
"The goal is to give them the credentials to get their foot in the door," she said.
Today's graduation ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature guest speaker Vernon Savage, director of counseling programs for Johns Hopkins University.