Allen Correctional Center graduates 48 inmates through academic - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Allen Correctional Center graduates 48 inmates through academic program

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Inmates traded in their blue jumpsuits for caps and gowns as the Allen Correctional Center held it's 22nd annual graduation ceremonies.

This year, a total of 48 inmates received either School of Faith certificates, their GED or Associates degree.

"I am just so grateful for everything he has allowed me to do- get my Associates degree even at this age… I'm just so happy" said Equilla Sapp. 

The Correctional Center in Allen Parish partners with Cornerstone University and others to provide academic classes towards professional degrees as well as a vocational school for trade work.

"They can make application and get into the academic area," said Education Coordinator, Ty Pearce.  "Or if they have already received a high school diploma or GED they can make application and go into the vocational program either offered by Louisiana Technical College or Parkview Baptist Academy.

Warden Burl Cain from Angola was the keynote speaker along with Warden Terry Terell who left them with what he calls the quote of the decade.

"It's irresponsible to absorb a vile of limited information and deliver a bucket of judgment" said Warden terell.  "It means all of us… to a certain extent are anxious to draw conclusions from a limited amount of information.  I want to make sure that we do- in broad terms- have all the information before we draw conclusions in any aspect of life" Terell added.   

The day allowed the inmates to show the ones that love them the most just how serious they are about starting new paths.

"It means the world to have the opportunity for my mother to see the change that is happening in my life and see me accomplish something towards furthering that change" said GED recipient, Nathaniel Hernandez.

Inmates who successfully complete either the academic or vocational program do get time off their sentences.  

Copyright 2012 kplc. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:01 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:01:27 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

    More >>

    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

    More >>
  • 'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    Thursday, July 27 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:18:57 GMT

    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

    More >>

    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

    More >>
  • Senator Bill Cassidy reacts to Obamacare 'Skinny Repeal'

    Senator Bill Cassidy reacts to Obamacare 'Skinny Repeal'

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-07-28 00:48:35 GMT

    It was another day of political gridlock on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate made another push to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republican senators are drafting a proposal which likely won't include any replacement ideas but a "Skinny repeal" that would take out unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy explained today how the repeal would impact Americans.

    More >>

    It was another day of political gridlock on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate made another push to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republican senators are drafting a proposal which likely won't include any replacement ideas but a "Skinny repeal" that would take out unpopular parts of the Affordable Care Act. Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy explained today how the repeal would impact Americans.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly