By Lt. J. Herrera, AA/PIO, California Rehabilitation Center

The California Rehabilitation Center’s (CRC) Vista Del Rio Adult School recently received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), extending the school’s accreditation term through June 30, 2020.

Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins is shown with the California Rehabilitation Center education staff.

Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins, holding certificate, is shown with the California Rehabilitation Center education staff.

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the U.S. The commission extends its services to over 4,500 public, independent, church-related, and proprietary pre-K–12 and adult schools, works with 16 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other educational organizations.

The accreditation process fosters excellence in elementary, secondary and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools which meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.

CRC was granted a six-year term, the maximum possible and is extremely difficult to achieve.  All the school’s stakeholders were involved in the writing of the self-study report, a process which began 18 months prior to the three-day WASC Visitation Committee in April 2014.

Five school administrators and/or teachers throughout the state were chosen by WASC to review the school’s self-study report and to conduct a three-day fact-finding visit of the school’s campus, staff and programs.

Committee members visited every classroom and shop at CRC and spoke individually with each instructor.  They also met with various students groups and correctional staff.

The WASC chairperson commended the school for its excellent programs and staff and noted the high level of support the school receives from Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins and other correctional administrators.  The chairperson also said, of the 20 prior school accreditation visits she completed, the Vista Del Rio Adult School’s self-study report was the finest she had read.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of our education staff in achieving this esteemed accreditation,” said Supervisor Correctional Education Programs Michael Weaver.