ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- A special graduation took place in Monroe County but there were no caps and gowns.
Instead it was inmates taking a turn for the better.
Twelve inmates measured and nailed their way through a construction skills training program offered by Itawamba Community College at the Aberdeen work center site.
College officials say the 64-hour construction program is the first of its kind in state.
The graduates not only were given certificates by ICC but the promise of having a job once they are done serving their time.
Some inmates are grateful for getting a second chance.
"Hopefully this class will give people a different perspective that people can change," said William Poss.
While others say the new skills will lead to a more stabled life for them.
"If you have a job, it keeps your stable. Keeps you out of trouble and keeps you on the right track," said Dallas Waggener.
Itawamba Community College officials say it was important for them to help the inmates.
"We help communities, people and we help those who need it the most and that's why we're doing this," said Tatiana Sherman, Project Manager, ICC Workforce Development & Training.
Itawamba Community College hopes to get the program into other jails in Northeast Mississippi.
A program school official says it is free to the county.