Largest class graduates from Valley State Prison adult school

More than 200 graduated in Valley State Prison Adult School's largest class.

More than 200 graduated in Valley State Prison Adult School’s largest class.

By Lt. Matthew Osborn, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison

Valley State Prison saw the graduation of 203 students from Valley Adult School, marking the largest class since converting to a male prison in 2012.

Valley State Adult School’s mission is to foster self-improvement by motivating their students to engage in measurable goal-setting, personal responsibility, academic and vocational achievement, and life-like skills strategies.

The graduation included inmates that completed their General Education Degrees, College Degrees, Academic Programs and the Career Technical Education Program.

Inmates were able to accomplish their goals with the assistance of Valley State Prison Adult School instructors and inmate tutors.

Graduates from Career Technical Education Program (Electronics) celebrate with their instructor.

Graduates from Career Technical Education Program (Electronics) celebrate with their instructor.

The tutors play an intricate role in assisting inmates in the areas they may be struggling in. Without the assistance of inmate tutors fewer inmates would have participated in the graduation ceremony, according to officials.

Several administrators from the Office of Correctional Education, Superintendent Dr. Brantley Choate, Deputy Superintendent Shannon Swain and Associate Superintendent J. Wynn attended the ceremony and congratulated the inmates regarding their recent accomplishments.

Dr. Choate spoke to the inmates and praised them for their hard work and challenged them to further their education.

Valley State Prison Warden Ron Davis, Chief Deputy Warden (A) John Porras and Associate Warden Kevin Daveiga attended the graduation and assisted with distributing the diplomas.

Warden Davis spoke to the inmates regarding their accomplishments and the opportunities at Valley State Prison. He encouraged them to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and make the most of their time while incarcerated at the prison.

Superintendent Dr. Brantley Choate addresses the graduates.

Superintendent Dr. Brantley Choate addresses the graduates.


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2 Responses

  1. M. D. Williams Saturday, November 22, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Good job, sister institution VSP! You guys are making amazing strides in affecting change in our communities by equipping the inmate population with tools to make it out there in our neighborhoods and society. Keep up the great work. The numbers tell of the hard work going on at VSP. We are proud of you all, and we commend the inmate population for their diligence. It is always a breath of fresh air to see the Administration participating in the process, to really let the inmate population know we are paying attention to their strides and accomplishments.

    Sgt. M. D. Williams, CCWF

  2. Patrick Lewis Sr Friday, November 21, 2014 / 3:03 am

    This was a wonderful article about the inmates taking advantage of their educational opportunities. Although they are incarcerated, what a wonderful way to channel their energies by learning a trade. I feel, however, that an important factor was missing from the article—-the name of the instructors who deal with these individuals on a one-on-one level. I’m sure if we were to ask the students who inspired or helped them to graduate I’m sure they would name their instructors. I’m sure it was just an oversight but just wanted it brought out so the instructors could be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

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