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

 

Other Success Stories that may interest you:

NEW - 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..."

To a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student - "I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."

NEW - We can learn and be successful - "My life is proof that we can learn and be successful and stay out of trouble."

NEW - I now have a good job - "My Windham teachers showed patience, effort, and kindness; they were very helpful"

NEW - I’m so grateful I took welding - "I’m so grateful I took welding; I’ve come so far in my career because the things I was taught in that program".

Success Stories

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"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."

Success Story IconPolunsky Unit Success Story -
"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

Success Story IconNEW - We can learn and be successful - "My life is proof that we can learn and be successful and stay out of trouble."

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."

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Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
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.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.