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News: Media Advisory

Fluvanna Holds First Graduation for Darden Business School and Piedmont Virginia Community College Incarcerated Students

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
144 Prison Lane
Troy, Virginia 22974

May 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Gregory Fairchild, E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA)
Dr. Frank Friedman, President, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)
Dr. John Donnelly, Vice President for Instruction and Student Services, PVCC
Debra D. Gardner, Chief Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Corrections
Wayne Bennett, Director of Education, Virginia Department of Corrections
Phyllis A. Baskerville, Warden, Fluvanna Correctional Center
David J. Wright, Regional Principal
32 incarcerated students
Special Guest Doris Buffett

Students in the Darden UVA program will receive business entrepreneurship certificates and students in the PVCC program will receive associate degrees. PVCC student costs are funded by the Sunshine Ladies Foundation. Tuition costs for students in the Darden UVA program are paid for by Darden.

Around 90 percent of all men and women incarcerated in Virginia will one day return to their communities. Educational achievement increases the likelihood of an offender’s successful re-entry into society.

Media contacts:
Lisa Kinney, 804-674-3275
Larry Traylor, 804-674-3574

Special note to media: Please be advised when covering the graduation event that equipment will be searched, cell phones must be left with security, and jeans are not allowed (as they are part of inmates’ uniforms).

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