WSD Career and Technical Education: Preparing students for work, success

Message from WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter:

WSD Career and Technical Education: Preparing students for work, success

Each year it is our privilege to recognize Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers working behind the walls of Texas prisons. When offenders leave TDCJ, they must be able to make career connections, remain employed, and avoid returning to prison.  Training by Windham School District (WSD) CTE teachers is a critical part of this process, with students learning relevant, cutting-edge trade skills geared to meeting industry standards and the needs of the Texas workforce.

Through relevant, quality instruction, CTE programming helps students obtain industry certifications, learn essential soft skills for sustained employability and explore possible career connections.  Windham CTE instructors are certified by the Texas Education Agency, hold appropriate industry certification for their trades, and remain some of the most highly certified vocational instructors in Texas. They provide specific vocational training designed to meet entry-level industry standards in 38 trade areas.

WSD's CTE efforts include comprehensive shop programs in priority occupations, short courses to provide training for specific career opportunities and facility work opportunities, apprenticeship programs, and on-the-job training programs coordinated with prison industry. All CTE programs are under the leadership of WSD Division of Instruction Director Amy Lopez.

In addition, WSD Workforce Development specialists are actively seeking new employment opportunities for students.  They are establishing ongoing partnerships with leading industry employers, businesses, and organizations. WSD coordinates with TDCJ to actively seek employment and reentry opportunities for offenders upon release.

We thank the WSD CTE employees for their hard work and dedication in helping prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. 

Please let them know you appreciate their efforts!

Success Stories

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 IconNEW - I learned to change my perspective - "It’s the education I learned in Cognitive Intervention class that changed me. I learned to change my perspective."

Success Story IconNEW - Learning equals possibilities - "Being incarcerated since I was young, I have had my share of trials and struggles. But knowing every morning that I may..."

Success Story IconNEW - Tools to change my own life - "What can I say about Autobrakes? I guess I need to start by saying it's one of the best classes I have ever taken!"

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Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
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.
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.
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.