Transforming Lives

Graduate in cap and gown flanked by IDOC staff
SBWCC celebrates 42 GED completions.

Graduation day was also freedom day for a recent graduate from the South Boise Women's Correctional Center. On the day she received her GED, Sarah Seiber received her parole. Seiber actually stayed a few extra hours so she could participate in a graduation ceremony at the Center. Another graduate, Melinda Wenberg (in the photo), actually returned after her parole to pick up her certificate.

Representative John Gannon provided the key note address, telling the graduates that their accomplishment, "This is not a guarantee, but it is a help."

Director Brent Reinke told the graduates he was coming from the Boise State campus to attend this graduation, he told the graduates that event paled in comparison to their achievement. He challenged the women to "not return and be successful."

The November 6 graduation was a turning point for nearly 50 women serving time at the South Boise facility. Thirteen of the women completed their education, another 30 were honored with Career and Education Planning completions, and six celebrated Computer Literacy completions.

The facility held another graduation on December 18 to mark 90 accomplishments. The ceremony recognized 29 GED graduates, 30 Career and Education Planning completions, and 31 Computer Literacy completions. Education is one of the ways in which IDOC staff live the vision of transforming lives one person, one family, one community at a time.

In the photo at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center from left to right: Program Manager Brandon Phillips, DARS Sue Steiber, Offender Melinda Wenberg, Lt. Jacqueline Todd, Warden Shannon Cluney.

Story published: 12/24/2013
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