Inside CDCR — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently appointed two experts to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Office of Correctional Education.
Brantley Choate was appointed as Superintendent, and Shannon Swain was appointed as Deputy Superintendent.
“I’m honored to be part of the team to help lead this exemplary organization to new heights, create innovative resources for teachers and provide meaningful educational experiences for inmates,” Choate said. “This will ultimately lead to rehabilitation, living-wage jobs and hope for their future.”
CDCR’s prisons maintain fully accredited schools that offer academic classes, vocational training and courses in English as a second language, along with library activities. Accreditation is granted by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
CDCR has helped tens of thousands of inmates earn high school diplomas, general education degrees (GEDs) and even college degrees. In addition to academic education, CDCR also offers dozens of opportunities for inmates to earn nationally recognized certifications in a variety of vocations, including welding, cosmetology, carpentry and auto mechanics.
Choate earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s College and began his career teaching English as a second language in the Liberty Union High and Brentwood Union school districts.
He was owner of the El Dorado Tutorial Center in the 1990s, and founded the Golden Hills School in 1992, serving as its principal until 2003. He was chair of the School of Education at the University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley campus and served as principal and assistant principal at the Hayward Adult School. continue reading...