CCI Warden Kimberly Holland speaks to the inmates during a graduation ceremony.

CCI Warden Kimberly Holland speaks to the inmates during a graduation ceremony.

By Lt. Joshua Tyree, AA/Public Information Officer
California Correctional Institution

Eighty-one California Correctional Institution inmates recently graduated with either a GED or Vocational Completion Certificate.  Thirty-two earned a GED while 49 earned certificates in vocations from HVAC, Autobody/Paint, Welding and Auto Mechanics.

In a speech to the inmates, Warden Kimberly Holland stressed not only the importance of celebrating the graduates’ accomplishments but to also striving to continue to gain additional education, in the form of college degrees and other vocational programs.

Principal Patricia Medved was thrilled to see so many graduating students at one time and thanked the education and vocational staff for a job well done. She also thanked the family members of the graduating students who were able to attend the ceremony.  Principal Medved said the support family members can give often pushes students to thrive and expand their education.

Approximately 40 guest family visitors attended the June 8 ceremony to support their loved ones.

Educator Sarah Bekker congratulates a graduate.

Educator Sarah Bekker congratulates a graduate.