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Media Advisory
September 11, 2012
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Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Hardee Correctional Institution Holds Graduation for Programs

Hardee Correctional Institution will hold a graduation for 20 GED graduates and 10 Carpentry graduates, along with 22 certified Teaching Assistants (ITA). Special speakers at the event will be AWP Robert Heine and Pastor Gary Shephard.

To earn a GED, persons must score a minimum of 410 points on each of the five subtests and score a minimum cumulative score of 2250 points to earn the title of high school graduate. To earn a Carpentry vocational diploma, persons must earn 300, 600, or 1200 hours split between classroom instruction and hands-on training.

To become a certified ITA, one must complete an eight week course to learn all facets of teaching: such as lesson plans, teaching strategies and counseling skills.   

This event continues the on-going tradition of semi-annual graduations which highlights the academic and vocational excellence of the inmate teaching assistant and Carpentry programs.

What: GED, Carpentry and Teaching Assistant Graduation Ceremony
When: Friday, September 14, 2012 from 1-3 p.m.
Where: Hardee Correctional Institution Visitation Park

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