By Gerald Atchley, Principal 

CDCR education staff recently recorded another successful graduation with 114 inmates at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), earning General Education Development (GED) certificates, associate degrees and vocational certifications.

The Valley Adult School, North Education Department graduates were composed of 92 inmates who received GEDs, three who received associate degrees and 22 who received Electrical Works Recognition for Core and Level 1 certifications.

The students will be able to use their GED certificates, associate degrees and vocational training and skills upon parole or even while they are incarcerated, but still in school or on work assignments.

Dr. Bettye Lusk, academic teacher and college coordinator, organized and hosted the June 22 event. 

Featured speakers event included CTF Warden Randolf Grounds; Valley Adult School Principal Gerald Atchley; and Vice Principal Kevin Kessler.

Warden Grounds said the achievements by staff and inmate graduates were more notable during times of cutbacks and refocused priorities.

Principal Atchley praised his instructors as dedicated to their jobs and selfless in their endeavors. He said what they accomplished is a testament to their dedication to their students, their school, and education.

Vice Principal Kessler quoted parts of a letter from a CTF college student who expressed thanks and gratitude to the North Facility Education staff for helping him succeed and achieve his goal of pursuing an education.