By Lt. Roland Ramon
Administrative Aid/PIO, CTC
Valley Adult School (VAS) in Facility C at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad recently held its annual graduation ceremony to honor approximately 120 graduates from Academic and Career Technical Education programs.
Special guests attending included about 75 of the graduates; family and friends, Associate Superintendant Jan Blaylock from the Office of Correctional Education, Warden Marion Spearman, Principal Gerald Atchley, and administrative staff.
Graduates were from the following programs:
• Eight Office Services and Related Technologies (OSRT)
• 30 Fiber Optics
• 45 who passed General Education Development (GED) tests (from April- September 2013)
• 15 Associate of Arts and Six Associate of Science Degrees from Coastline Community College
• 15 Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (ADS) graduates from Palo Verde College receiving their double Certifications I & II.
Renee Adams-Barnes, retired after 27 years in various CTF education positions and the founder of the VAS college program addressed the graduates.
She and H. Rocha, Supervisor of the Academy for College Excellence Program (ACE) at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, received a $500 donation for the ACE Scholarship Program from our Higher Education Library Project (HELP.) college students.
These funds are used to help a student that is “at risk” (preference for student who was formerly incarcerated or has a family member that is incarcerated).