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Sixty-eight inmates receive high school diplomas at Central Utah Correctional Facility
By sanpetemessenger.com- Collin Overton
Published: 06/20/2019

GUNNISON—On a Wednesday afternoon in Gunnison, 68 men in cap and gowns crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas. But instead of a school gym or auditorium, the ceremony took place deep within the walls of Central Utah Correctional Facility.

“Whatever your motivation has been, you’re sitting here because you want to write a new chapter in your life,” guest speaker Victor Kersey, the institutional programming division director at Utah Department of Corrections said to graduates of Central Utah Academy (CUA), an educational program for inmates at the prison under the South Sanpete School District.

Each year, CUA graduates dozens of inmates who have yet to earn their high school diplomas, keeping them up to speed on state education requirements for math, English and other core areas. Over 1030 people are enrolled in the program, which graduates about 60 a year, said Rebecca Thompson, Central Utah Academy spokesperson.

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