By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
STOCKTON – Twenty-six youth offenders at the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton took significant steps toward their rehabilitation by earning either a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
One youth earned a GED while 25 others earned high school diplomas.
“After a period of consistent school attendance, they begin to recognize that math comes easily for them, and that history is fascinating,” said N.A. Chaderjian High School Principal Pat Davies. “The greatest pleasure of graduation is sharing with the parents and relatives the celebration of this wonderful accomplishment.”
This year’s student speaker was Elias Nava. The guest speaker was Andre Jordan, an entrepreneur from Sacramento.
“Some of our greatest achievements come from pursuing our dreams and ambitions in the face of great adversity,” Jordan said. “When the journey traveled is unknown and the destination at times is unclear, yet our courageous spirit allows us to press onward to a place of promise, there is always peace and progress.”
Since the 2010-2011 school year, a total of 935 youth have earned high school diplomas or GEDs at the Division of Juvenile Justice’s four high schools. In addition, 614 students have earned Career Technical Education (CTE) certificates for vocational programs.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s DJJ operates an accredited school district serving each of its four institutions, providing youth offenders with the same high school curriculum they would receive in their local community. Youth attend school Monday through Friday. DJJ considers a diploma or GED a minimum requirement for parole consideration.