To a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student:

Thank you for everything you have done for me. Like you know, I got locked up at a very young age and never had a real job in my life. Well, not till now. I took your class and fell in love with the welding trade. I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game. I was able to take a welding test and now get paid good money and I work 6 days a week and I get 13 (hours) over time every week and anything over 40 hours is time and a half…When I got this job I went to be a welder’s helper but after doing work I was put on as a welder….My dream is to be a pipe welder and one day you’ll get a letter from me telling you that I made it. I’m making it a point to tell you because you gave me what I now have. If it wasn’t for you and your iron fist way of teaching I wouldn’t of been able to make it. Because of you I can make a living. I’m free. I have a job that pays good and what help’s me is that I love what I’m doing and it’s men like you that made a difference in my life and I’m writing to tell you thank you for everything. … Thank you very much for all you have done. If you ever question the fact if you're making a change in the lives of people, know that in my life you have made a difference and I will be forever grateful to you!!

With Respect
Your Student
C. Davila

 

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Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
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.