By Lt. Yvonne “Chrissy” Hackler, A.A., Public Information Officer
California Correctional Center
Two graduation ceremonies marked new chapters in the lives of dozens of inmates.
California Correctional Center (CCC) Facilities A, B and C inmates donned caps and gowns to receive their high school diplomas and GED certificates. Meanwhile, others received vocational completion certificates.
Isaiah Duperroir, an inmate who received his GED, said he took pride in his accomplishment.
“It was a proud moment for my family, too, as they were here (to witness the ceremony),” he said.
Duperroir said getting an education has given him another chance in life. He is now enrolled in college and intends to continue his education.
During the Facility C graduation ceremony, Warden Robert Gower commended them on their accomplishments.
“Receiving a GED, high school diploma or vocational training in the prison environment is no easy task. Take this accomplishment as beginning and know that the future is what you make of it,” he told the graduates.
The warden urged them to continue making positive strides.
“Build upon what you have started. We offer college programs and other trade programs that can benefit you,” he said. “Your teachers and families are here today to share this accomplishment but no one wants to see you stop the momentum. Continue to gain the much needed tools for your successful reentry into society.”
The Sept. 19 ceremonies featured speakers, including Principal Richard Tice, Vice Principal Jennifer Baldwin, Warden Robert Gower, Chief Deputy Warden Georgia Johas-Darnell and guest speaker Lassen Community College Vice President Dr. Tammy Robinson.
By the numbers
- Vocational completion certificates: 29 inmates
- GED certificates: 28 inmates
- High school diplomas: 2 inmates
Did you know?
There are currently 182 CCC inmates enrolled at Lassen Community College, Feather River College and Coastline College. During the 2013/2014 fiscal year, 148 inmates earned GED certificates and another 20 earned high school diplomas from Earl Warren Adult School at CCC.