Preparing tomorrow's workforce for industry: TIC training manager explains benefits of WSD partnership

"As a company, our partnership with institutions like Windham is imperative because we are so short handed in the industry. We have to look everywhere we can to provide any amount of training that helps us get somebody to where they need to be overall to benefit our company. The training program that WSD has gets them a step closer to where we need them to be.

WSD values its workforce partnership with The Industrial Company (TIC).  TIC works with the district to strengthen and improve vocational training programs, as well as provide employment opportunities for WSD-trained releasees from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Shown left to right at are TIC Welding Training Manager Brian Robinson, Director of Learning and Development Debra Lammers  and Director of Craft Training Jeff Rodenberg. 

WSD values its workforce partnership with The Industrial Company (TIC). TIC works with the district to strengthen and improve vocational training programs, as well as provide employment opportunities for WSD-trained releasees from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Shown left to right at are TIC Welding Training Manager Brian Robinson, Director of Learning and Development Debra Lammers, and Director of Craft Training Jeff Rodenberg.


"We are looking everywhere for people. In the industry right now, you're looking at almost $3.4 trillion worth of work across the U.S. between now and 2019. You're looking at roughly about a 6 million-person shortage. There is a deficit of craftspeople available to fill the positions that are required to produce the amount of work that is scheduled.

"So, for us, looking at Windham: that bit of training they get while they're there with WSD is enough to kick-start their career long-term. This benefits not only us as a single contractor, but the industry as a whole."

Brian Robinson, "Welding Training Manager, The Industrial Company (TIC)

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - I had given up on myself - "I could barely read or write and didn’t even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself..."

Success Story IconNEW - I can now make a living. I’m free - "The welding program helped me build character. Mr. Perry taught me how to talk like a welder..."

Success Story IconNEW - Making a positive impact - "I am very excited to be learning a new trade and to be securing employment for myself in the 'real world.'"

Success Story IconWelding Success Story -
"I'm thankful for the welding program I was allowed to take while locked up".

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Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
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.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.