Preparing tomorrow's workforce for industry: TIC training manager explains benefits of WSD partnership

"As a company, our partnership with institutions like Windham is imperative because we are so short handed in the industry. We have to look everywhere we can to provide any amount of training that helps us get somebody to where they need to be overall to benefit our company. The training program that WSD has gets them a step closer to where we need them to be.

WSD values its workforce partnership with The Industrial Company (TIC).  TIC works with the district to strengthen and improve vocational training programs, as well as provide employment opportunities for WSD-trained releasees from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Shown left to right at are TIC Welding Training Manager Brian Robinson, Director of Learning and Development Debra Lammers  and Director of Craft Training Jeff Rodenberg. 

WSD values its workforce partnership with The Industrial Company (TIC). TIC works with the district to strengthen and improve vocational training programs, as well as provide employment opportunities for WSD-trained releasees from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Shown left to right at are TIC Welding Training Manager Brian Robinson, Director of Learning and Development Debra Lammers, and Director of Craft Training Jeff Rodenberg.


"We are looking everywhere for people. In the industry right now, you're looking at almost $3.4 trillion worth of work across the U.S. between now and 2019. You're looking at roughly about a 6 million-person shortage. There is a deficit of craftspeople available to fill the positions that are required to produce the amount of work that is scheduled.

"So, for us, looking at Windham: that bit of training they get while they're there with WSD is enough to kick-start their career long-term. This benefits not only us as a single contractor, but the industry as a whole."

Brian Robinson, "Welding Training Manager, The Industrial Company (TIC)

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Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
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.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
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.