37 inmates graduate various educational programs at Pleasant Valley State Prison

PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim addresses the graduates and their families during a ceremony at the prison.

By Lt. Katherine Cruz, AA/PIO
Pleasant Valley State Prison

Thirty-seven Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Adult School students recently donned caps and gowns, adjusted their tassels and prepared themselves for a graduation procession to their seats.

As Arts Music Program (AMP) participants welcomed guests with a live performance, the audience filled with graduates’ parents, siblings, children, wives, friends and even one graduate’s great grandfather. Once the graduates filed in and took their seats, Vice Principal Moises Contreras welcomed PVSP Adult School’s Graduating Class of 2017.

Through a collaboration of teacher and student determination PVSP Adult School produced six students graduating with their associate of arts degree, 10 students graduating with their General Education Development, one with a high school diploma, nine students graduated from the Career Technical Education (CTE) Office Services Program and eleven from the CTE Small Engines Program.

PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim addressed the student body as well as their families about the collected efforts needed to produce a graduate while being an inmate in a prison environment.

Warden Frauenheim spoke about the positive effect that a supportive family has in encouraging an inmate to pursue success.  Coupled with family support and the support of teachers like P. Gonzalez, CTE Small Engines, inmates are making use of the opportunities to better themselves through academics and enrich their lives through lifelong learning.

PVSP currently provides nine CTE programs, 14 academic classes, and five voluntary educational programs consisting of college, literacy assistance and high school diploma courses serving 1,400 inmates.


6 Responses

  1. Lena Friday, July 28, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Way to go Ms. Ruiz, I knew you would make your mark at PVSP.

  2. Pete Gonzalez Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I spoke with a 22 year PVSP veteran and he has never seen a graduation with outside visitors come in and participate with their loved one(s) graduation. Kudos to Ms. Ruiz and Mr. M. Contreras for their hard work and total dedication to make this a very successful and joyous event. I tip my hat to Warden Frauenheim and custody staff that made this all possible for us to take our graduations to a next and exciting level.
    The results of this graduation – More student inmates are encouraged to complete their required assigned positions, with the hope that they too may have the opportunity to graduate with their family members in attendance.
    Thank you one and all who made this possible, you are truly giving hope to men who’s hope and aspirations have been diminished through the years.

  3. T.M. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / 10:04 am


  4. Mickey Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Way to go Trino, job well done. Great speakers, positive enviroment, and good incentive for these guys to do better.

  5. Jay Wednesday, July 26, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Very well done. Awesome, awesome work!

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