Avenal State Prison’s Cyber High sees first graduate

A Cyber High student and staff at Avenal State Prison stand in front of computers.
From left are Avenal State Prison Chief Deputy Warden (A) Amber Williams, student Larry McBeth, Cyber High Coordinator Matthew Moreno and Warden (A) Martin Gamboa.

Education goal is 500 high school graduates in 2022-23

In February 2020, Cyber High was implemented at Avenal State Prison (ASP) led by CDCR high school diploma teacher Matt Moreno. 

Moreno has approximately 54 students currently enrolled and another 24 are on the waiting list. This week, incarcerated student Larry McBeth became the first to earn a diploma through Cyber High.

Moreno said several more students will graduate in the next 60 days. Associate Superintendent Rod Braly hopes to expand high school course offerings to students on other yards over the next year. 

CDCR has made Cyber High available to students at all 35 prisons. Students who have 40 units or less to complete, receive priority to enroll in high school courses.

The Office of Correctional Education (OCE) made Cyber High curriculum training available remotely to all CDCR high school diploma teachers from June to August 2020.

CDCR’s goal is for all students to leave prison one day, prepared for college and a career readiness for successful reentry into the communities. The Office of Correctional Education hopes to increase the number of high school diplomas earned statewide from 266 in FY 2018/19 to 500 in 2022/23. 

In addition to high school diplomas, CDCR schools also offer:

  • Adult Basic Education courses
  • Adult Secondary Education to prepare to take the GED
  • Over 20 different Career Technical Education Training courses in six industry sectors
  • Transitions
  • eLearning
  • Peer Literacy Mentors
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Recreation
  • Library Services

What is Cyber High?

In partnership with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, OCE implemented the new Cyber High curriculum. The cloud-like environment provides students with courses needed to fulfill requirements to earn a high school diploma. 

Cyber High provides a pathway to a college and career readiness standards using a digital curriculum along with the support of credentialed teachers.

Learn more about CDCR’s rehabilitation programs and the high school effort.

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