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 - Thank you for this program - "My son received his GED through Windham School District. I just wanted to thank you for this program."

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!"

Success Story IconTo 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."

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

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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.
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.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.