The Department of Correctional Education at Halifax Correctional Unit #23 held its annual graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16. Three students received a GED certificate, which is nationally recognized as the equivalency of a high school diploma. One GED recipient was not present at the ceremony due to being transferred to another Virginia Department of Corrections facility.
With the addition of the three successful GED recipients, HCU #23 has enabled 27 offenders to obtain a GED since 2016.
The adult basic education (ABE/GED) program at Halifax Correctional Unit #23 is led by Sandra Coleman, instructor, Dr. Andrew Beamon, principal, and Mariea LeFevers, superintendent of Halifax Correctional Unit #23.
Additionally, 15 men were recognized for successfully completing the computer literacy course. The computer literacy course introduced students to basic computer operations inclusive of the Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. All 15 men were recognized with certificates showing proficiency in the core components of the class.
One recent transferee from Cold Springs Correctional Unit, located at Greenville, received his master electrician/journeyman electrician trade designations.
Also, Ricky Childress, food services supervisor, awarded 18 men ServSafe certificates, a nationally recognized program. ServSafe provides students a high-quality food safety education and introduces them to important topics in the food service industry. Students learn about food borne illnesses, protecting customers’ health, improving employees’ performance and preserving a business’ reputation for cleanliness.
The graduation address was delivered by Dr. William Purvis, pastor of Jeter Chapel in South Boston. Purvis’ inspirational address was filled with accolades for the graduates.
Preceding Purvis’ address, the HCU #23 acapella male chorus rendered two songs.
Immediately following the ceremony, the guests and graduates were treated to a reception held in the ABE/GED classroom.
Childress and his staff prepared light refreshments to honor the graduates.