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Lieutenant Governor to Speak at Junior Republic Graduation
Posted 06/12/2014 02:00PM


           Litchfield, CT On Friday, June 27, The Honorable Nancy Wyman, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Connecticut, will give the commencement address at the Connecticut Junior Republic’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center’s Graduation and Achievement Day Ceremony. The event will begin at 11:00 AM and approximately 250 CJR students, family, friends and staff members are anticipated to attend. High school diplomas will be awarded to 10 students from CJR’s day education and residential programs. In addition, 8 students will receive their 8th grade diplomas. Numerous achievement awards will be made to students for accomplishments in the classroom and school community. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments in CJR’s Sweetman Auditorium.

           Located on CJR’s 150-acre Litchfield campus, the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center provides regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs, as well as transition and related services for 74 students between 9 and 21 years of age. Over the past year, students referred from approximately 30 towns in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties have been enrolled in CJR’s education programs.

           Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and approved for special education by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education, the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center offers highly individualized programs to meet the needs of participating youth. All students receive instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science (including a laboratory component), and social studies, on a daily basis. Technology skills are introduced, applied and reinforced in the academic setting, and ensure that computer skills are integrated into the academic curricula. Students attend physical education and wellness seminars, as well as art and music classes on a daily basis.

           All students enroll in a vocational course of study at CJR. Every boy is expected to develop a theoretical base for the course content and to apply that knowledge through practical application in and out of the classroom setting. Vocational classes currently include animal science, horticulture and landscape design, both conducted on CJR’s working farm; building design and drafting; construction maintenance; culinary arts; graphic arts, which includes practical experience in a busy, production oriented print shop; and woodworking.

           Transition services provide students with a practical, experiential learning opportunity that includes community involvement and reinforces work maturity and job readiness skills. Students receive guidance and support as they make decisions regarding their post-secondary education and vocational pursuits. Transition services are critical to helping students develop independent living skills and successfully re-acclimate to their public schools and communities.

           “CJR has a wonderful learning community,” stated Director of Education James K. Obst. “The teachers, staff, parents, public schools and students have developed a strong partnership and we are seeing great results,” he continued. “It is very fulfilling for our staff to see students accomplish their goals and build on their strengths, and we look forward to rewarding our young men for their accomplishments at our Achievement and Graduation Ceremony,” he said.

           Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable, at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities. Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

           The Junior Republic conducts residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus. Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus. Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

           CJR provides residential care for boys at its group homes in East Hartford and Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls at its Center for Assessment, Respite and Enrichment (CARE) in Waterbury. A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive home-based services, and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s offices in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.

           A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on   Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools. For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423



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