211 inmates will graduate over the next four weeks

CENTINELA STATE PRISON, IMPERIAL, Calif.- On Friday, February 22, 2013, Centinela State Prison will hold a graduation ceremony for fifty seven inmates who have earned a either a GED or certificates in vocational training.  Twenty-eight of those inmates will receive their GED, the California High School Equivalency Certificate test that measures proficiency in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

The remaining graduates are receiving certificates for completing vocational trade classes, such as Small Engine Repair, Auto Mechanics, Auto Body and Paint, Building Maintenance and Office Services and Related Technology.

“We believe that an education and job skills are vital for an inmate who is looking to build a more constructive life when they return to their communities,” said Amy Miller, Acting Warden of Centinela State Prison, who noted that 211 inmates will be graduating from educational and vocational training classes over the next four weeks.

In all, a total of 1,016 Centinela inmates are currently enrolled in vocational or academic classes, according to Derrick Turner, Supervisor of Academic Instruction.

In addition to potentially making communities safer by reducing recidivism, the education or vocational achievements are a mark of personal success for each inmate, said Miller, who noted that family members will be attending the 9 am ceremony to share the moment.

Statewide, inmate enrollment has increased by 7,000, for a total of 31,734, in academic programs since September, 2012, after the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation opened 88 new classes in its 33 prisons with a renewed emphasis on rehabilitation.  Enrollment in vocational training has increased to 3,903, with more programs scheduled to begin by mid-year 2013.

More information on CDCR programs is available at www.cdcr.ca.gov

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