Commissioner of Education speaks at Windham GED® Ceremony

Commissioner of Education speaks at Windham GED<sup>®</sup> Ceremony

 

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams congratulates a GED® recipient during ceremonies honoring Moore Unit and Cole State Jail GED® recipients. Commissioner Williams praised graduates for their accomplishments and thanked attending family members for support and encouragement.

 

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Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.