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Larned State Correctional Facility and Barton Community College Hold Learning Celebration

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By Maggie Harris, Barton County Community College

 

GREAT BEND, Kan. — Barton Community College and Larned State Correctional Facility (LSCF) honored the achievements of LSCF residents at their annual learning celebration on April 10.

Graduates were awarded their associate degree, high school diploma, or workforce training certificates in welding technology, occupational safety and health (OSHA), and business management and leadership. A total of 104 certificates, industry certifications, and diplomas were awarded this year.

Barton’s Coordinator of Correctional Education Services Nicole Barr said Barton has provided training and educational services at LSCF since 2001 as part of its Building Academic Skills in Correctional Settings (BASICS) program. More than 75 students are served annually through the program.

“One important thing to remember about why we are so passionate about our correctional education programs at Barton is that most residents are going to be released at some point and will be living and working alongside us all,” she said.  “So, we want to do everything we can to give them tools to ensure they can thrive and live happy and productive lives as well as enrich the lives of their friends, families, and people in their respective communities as best as they can.”