By Lt. Gregory Bergersen, AA/PIO

 Chief Deputy Warden F. P. Field III and Principal Zack Patrick present a diploma to a new college graduate.


Chief Deputy Warden F. P. Field III and Principal Zack Patrick present a diploma to a new college graduate.

Valley State Prison (VSP) graduated 183 inmates recently in a ceremony  that saw two inmates receive college degrees and 181 receive their General Education Degree (GED).

The key note speaker was Valley State Prison (VSP) Adult School Principal Zack Patrick.  Also on hand to congratulate the diploma recipients was F. P. Field III, VSP Chief Deputy Warden.  The overall message of the event was to take stock in your future and move towards a new direction.

Chief Deputy Warden Field stated, “It is encouraging to stand before a large group of men and to praise their success.  For many of these inmates, this graduation is the beginning steps in a journey to overcome their past and to better themselves for their future.  I am very proud of our facility and the educational administration for their commitment to these inmate students”.

VSP Adult School has been awarded three consecutive 6 year accreditations from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Here are previous articles on some of CDCR’s rehablilitation efforts:

CIW Cosmetology class turning heads and minds (video)

CMF electronics program builds inmate skills to state’s benefit (video)

Puppies trained by female inmates to help autistic children (video)

HVAC program at Deuel Vocational Institution heats up

SCC auto-body repair course primes inmates for successful lives

Building model homes helps inmate, CDCR

FSP welding instructor sparks success as many inmates land jobs

CDCR prepares inmates for carpentry jobs