At the end of 2013, Josh successfully completed his GED. Since then, he has not stopped furthering his education.
In a place that is not intellectually stimulating, Josh creates academic opportunities for himself on a daily basis. He works at the prison library, signs up for educational programs whenever they are available to him, and continues his education through other sources, such as Blackstone and Stratford Career Institute. Here's a picture of Josh's official GED diploma:
When Josh learned about the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program that Xavier University offered at the Warren Correctional Institution, he immediately applied to it. Several weeks later, he was admitted into the program. Over the course of an entire semester, Josh -together with a select few inmates- participated in discussions surrounding crime and punishment, rehabilitation, and many other issues that relate to incarceration. He completed the course with an A-, and received this certificate for his efforts in class.
While completing the Inside-Out course, Josh also continued his education through Blackstone Career Institute. He wanted to become a paralegal, so he could help himself and others with their cases.
In 2016, Josh graduated with honors from Blackstone Career Institute where he received a certificate in Paralegal Studies.
Josh has since completed a Psychology and Social Work program with honors, and he is currently enrolled in a Canine Specialist program through Stratford Career Institute. Eventually, he would like to get his Associate's and Bachelor's Degree through either Adams State or Ohio University.
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