(Riverton, Wyo.) – A one room school house still exists at the Wyoming Honor Farm and on August 7th the education staff, consisting of two people, held a graduation celebration for students there. Distinguished guests from the Wyoming Department of Corrections, Dr. Cristobal Valdez, President of Central Wyoming College, Wyoming Workforce Services, and Dallas Meyers, Director, Special Services/Alternative School from Fremont School District 25 attended the annual celebration. The facility celebrated the 12 graduates in attendance and the 13 others who have since moved back into their respective communities.
Twenty-five graduates is an average year for the Honor Farm; but this year is unique, for the first time the staff, students, and tutors faced three different high school equivalency exams. The facility transitioned first from the 2002 series GED exam to the 2014 series GED exam, and finally to the new HiSet exam. The changes tested patience and ability, but the challenges were met and overcome by the residents of the Honor Farm.
The event brought family and friends from the local communities and as from far away as the east coast to recognize the achievement. For many, this was a lifelong goal and they found the support they needed in an unlikely place. The acquisition of education helps offenders find better employment, pride, and ultimately reduces recidivism.
–Submitted by Andrew Coleman, Wyoming Honor Farm Education Manager