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!

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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.
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.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy 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.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.