By Lt. Katherine Cruz, AA/PIO
Pleasant Valley State Prison
Thirty-seven Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) Adult School students recently donned caps and gowns, adjusted their tassels and prepared themselves for a graduation procession to their seats.
As Arts Music Program (AMP) participants welcomed guests with a live performance, the audience filled with graduates’ parents, siblings, children, wives, friends and even one graduate’s great grandfather. Once the graduates filed in and took their seats, Vice Principal Moises Contreras welcomed PVSP Adult School’s Graduating Class of 2017.
Through a collaboration of teacher and student determination PVSP Adult School produced six students graduating with their associate of arts degree, 10 students graduating with their General Education Development, one with a high school diploma, nine students graduated from the Career Technical Education (CTE) Office Services Program and eleven from the CTE Small Engines Program.
PVSP Warden Scott Frauenheim addressed the student body as well as their families about the collected efforts needed to produce a graduate while being an inmate in a prison environment.
Warden Frauenheim spoke about the positive effect that a supportive family has in encouraging an inmate to pursue success. Coupled with family support and the support of teachers like P. Gonzalez, CTE Small Engines, inmates are making use of the opportunities to better themselves through academics and enrich their lives through lifelong learning.
PVSP currently provides nine CTE programs, 14 academic classes, and five voluntary educational programs consisting of college, literacy assistance and high school diploma courses serving 1,400 inmates.