By Lt. Roland Ramon, Administrative Assistant/PIO

A graduation marking a number of milestones was celebrated recently in Facilities A and B at the Correctional Training Facility, Soledad (CTF-Soledad). It drew 56 an audience of 56, including family, friends and staff.

The graduates earned 64 General Education Development (GED) certificates; three high school diplomas; nine college degrees; eight Associates of Arts degrees; one Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree; 29 Career Technical Education (CTE) certifications; 12 Electrical certificates; and 17 Computer Literacy certificates.

The ceremony featured addresses to the class by students from Hartnell Community College who shared inspirational learning experiences.

The inmate-students also participated in the Education’s Higher Education Library Project and presented a $500 college scholarship to Hartnell College for the Academy for College Excellence program.

The college program has had a very positive effect on the CTF-Soledad General Academic Education Program, as well as the institution as a whole.

GED students are encouraged and inspired to complete their programs as quickly as possible so they can enter the college program.

The sense of accomplishment gives the graduates confidence in their abilities. The many positive comments verified that widespread learning is taking place at CTF’s Re-Entry Hub Facility.

The CTF-Soledad graduation is the latest in a series of graduations and other CDCR successes in inmate rehabilitation.