'We are Windham' video proudly explains why, how WSD changes lives. Now available online.

We Are Windham!
"We are Windham. We are ready for change. We are second chances for men and women formerly incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. We change our society."

We are Windham

So begins "We are Windham," a recruitment and informational video created by WSD explaining why Windham focuses on helping offenders across Texas become job-ready and change their lives for success upon release.

 We are Windham

WSD stakeholders are a far-reaching and diverse group including offender students, families of offenders, potential employers, Texas lawmakers, WSD school volunteers, Windham employees, correctional partners such as TDCJ and of course, the public at large. Though diverse in membership, this group shares responsibility for the success of the dramatic transformation portrayed in "We Are Windham."

Windham Counseling, Testing and Records serves students and staff, by providing staff training, assessing outside educational achievements, coordinating educational transfers, implementing computer-based testing  and maintaining educational records for Windham students.

Lasting only two minutes and 30-seconds, the video is being shown at various graduation ceremonies, meetings with potential employers, employee recruitment events, new hire trainings, staff development meetings, and other events. "We are Windham" is available for viewing online (via YouTube) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRSy34RwYd0.

We are Windham

School staff photo:  “We are Windham” at the Cole State Jail in Bonham, Texas.

Note to WSD employees: Internet security guidelines prevent viewing of YouTube videos at work sites on Windham facilities, but this link may also be used away from work sites, at home, or on personal devices.

Success Stories

Success Story IconRole Model - Success Story -
"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

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 IconCognitive Intervention Success Story -
"I graduated from Cognitive Intervention and the course has had a major impact on me and my behavior".

Success Story IconEducation changed my life -
"These opportunities [GED® classes or learning a trade] are great, but WSD is so much more than that; for me it was a change of life."

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WSD in Images

Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
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.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.