The idea of incarceration is not only to punish someone and remove him or her from society for a while, but also to rehabilitate that person. Getting a GED can be part of that, and technology developed at Western Illinois University is part of a “distance learning” curriculum.

Not only is the Center for the Application of Information Technologies at WIU running i-Pathways in state prisons, but it's expanded the offering to the McDonough County Jail.

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“We developed our i-Pathways Oasis project for these small facilities to get a server and wireless hotspot all in one package,” says CAIT director Richard Chamberlain. “They can plug it in, turn it on, and with a laptop or Chromebook, they can create a little lab in whatever space they have.”

Chamberlain says the pass rate on the GED is 88 percent among Illinois prison inmates; 60 percent nationally.

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