Double ceremonies highlight SICI graduation day

Graduates wearing caps and gowns
By Mary Ellen Nourse, Instructor, SICI

Double ceremonies marked a special day recently for the Robert Janss School, South Idaho Correctional Institution.

On February 7, nine men were awarded their General Education Development (GED) certificates during afternoon graduation exercises held in Visiting. 

Three additional students were recognized for earning Adult Basic Literacy certificates, while another student was recognized for completing all the academic programs offered at SICI.   

“Triple Achiever” certificates were presented to 15 students who had completed all three components of the Pre-Release Program: Pre-Release Class & Manual, Career & Education Planning, and Microsoft Digital Literacy certification. SICI Education staff members Kimberly King, Mary Ellen Nourse, and Andrew Strebel coordinated the ceremony.  

Then at 1400 in the PRC, four women were honored for completion of the 20-hour Library Clerk Training Program of the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).   PRC Program Manager Nason Hoyt presented certificates to the honorees; all four women are being released within the next two months.  

Dignitaries attending one or both ceremonies included Warden Chad Page, DW Terri Jo Shumaker, DW Michael Johnson, IDOC Education Director Julie Oye-Johnson, Lt. Nick Baird, Sgt. Gray Wolfe, IDOC Special Education Director Ted Oparnico, and ISCC Education Program Manager David Mehlhaff.  

As one of the Library Clerk completers remarked, “This is the first time I’ve ever gotten a certificate for anything!”  A statement by one of the men who graduated with honors speaks highly for SICI Education:  “Now that I’ve got my GED, what can I take next?”

Story published: 02/16/2018
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