Windham School District working with TDLR, strengthening employment opportunities by helping offenders earn state licensures

Electrical training with Windham School District is one of the Career and Technical Education programs leading to licensure for program completers.

Electrical training with Windham School District is one of the Career and Technical Education programs leading to licensure for program completers.  

The Windham School District is working to strengthen career paths which provide offenders with opportunity for licensure. WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter and Kevin Ainsworth of WSD Career and Technical Education met with Greg Dodson of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to discuss opportunities for offenders trained by Windham and TDCJ to become licensed tradesmen in Texas.

TDLR has supported WSD's licensure efforts in several ways. Representatives of TDLR have spoken to Windham classes so that offenders have factual knowledge regarding employment opportunities. In addition, TDLR has provided guidance to Windham regarding the type of offenses which could be licensed by TDLR, also explaining restrictions offenders may face when applying for licenses in certain professional trades.

"Mr. Dodson has told us that Windham programs align with TDLR licenses," WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. "An apprenticeship program being developed by WSD and TDCJ to provide additional work experience and help offenders qualify for state licensure. Mr. Dodson was very supportive of Windham and TDCJ working in partnership with the TDLR to provide work experience for offenders who will be seeking licensure.

"We are also developing counseling skills for staff based on the recommendations of Mr. Dodson. This is being done so that offenders may choose those career paths which provide opportunity for licensure. We will continue to work with the TDLR as well as the Texas Workforce Commission to provide our students with credentials that build career opportunities," Carpenter said.

 

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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 had given up on myself - "I could barely read or write and didn’t even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself..."

Success Story IconNEW - They didn’t give up - "It makes me feel really good to know that these guys aren’t giving up just because they’re in prison."

Success Story IconNEW - After more than 16 years - "I graduated from the electrical program in 1998. I found my Windham teachers were real people, and they..."

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