Terrie Crampton, a former inmate at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, was released on Dec. 7, 2017, but celebrated a little early. Crampton spent six months pursuing her education while undergoing her rehabilitation within the Placerville County jail. She was recently honored by becoming the first female inmate to receive her high school diploma through the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Adult Education program.
Crampton credits this significant achievement to the staff who offered support, including instructor Caroline Earl, but also to the accessibility of the program. “The main reason I worked so hard here is because a degree was obtainable,” explained Crampton, who dropped out of high school at age sixteen after getting married. “I’d looked into it before, but it seemed impossible with all the time constraints and requirements that other programs had.”
EDCOE Adult Education offers instructional programs that touch adults wherever they are in their education or life circumstances. Two other lady inmates are currently completing coursework to graduate, while several others are working toward certification in drug and alcohol counseling. There are currently 60 students enrolled in the adult education program at the Placerville Jail. The wide range of options offered to at the jail includes a General Education Development (GED) certificate, short-term Career Technical Education Certification, and college-level classes through the use of online courses.
Now that Crampton has reached this milestone, she plans on applying for some of the hundreds of jobs listed through the Caljobs website, in addition to continuing her education through Los Rios Community College District.
In addition to serving both the South Lake Tahoe and Placerville jails, EDCOE’s Charter Adult Education Program provides educational opportunities at various sites throughout the county, including the Community Corrections Center and English as a Second Language programs. Once enrolled in Charter’s Adult Education programs, students are able to pursue an education tailored to meet their unique needs. “We are very proud to offer a variety of adult education classes throughout the county that enrich the lives of our students,” said Principal Gary Sutherland.
More information about Charter’s Adult Education programs can be found at aded.edcoe.org or (530) 295-2291.
Left to right: Caroline Earl, Gary Sutherland, Terrie Crampton, Officer Wheeler, David Publicover