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, how to dress like a welder, how to act like a welder, and most importantly – he taught me how to weld! He had an iron fist way of teaching and because of him, I can now make a living. I'm free."

Candelario Davila, former offender/welder 

 

Other Success Stories that may interest you:

Monica Bennett-Oakley: In Cognitive Intervention class, persistent Windham teacher helps woman change life choices, change destiny - "You have changed my life forever, Mrs. Bohne," Oakley told her former Windham School District teacher, Pam Bohne. "What you told me in class changed my life. What you taught me was, 'If you change your choice, you can change the reaction to everything that is going on in life.' Thank you so much!"

Cognitive Intervention Success Story - "I graduated from Cognitive Intervention and the course has had a major impact on me and my behavior".

NEW - 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..."

Welding Success Story - "I'm thankful for the welding program I was allowed to take while locked up".

Nate Williamson showing offenders the path to self-improvement - "Life is serious. Freedom is serious. Employment after incarceration is serious. Education is the thread that will enable offenders to tie all of this together," said former Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offender Nate Williamson.

Success Stories

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"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

Success Story IconNEW - Better future after prison - "It's mind-blowing and inspirational to know that you can have a better future after prison"

Success Story IconNEW - I began to believe -
"I was a straight-F student, and I didn’t think I could learn anything. I had a teacher who wouldn’t give up".

Success Story IconInspiration Success Story -
"You are inspiring people you haven’t even met!"

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Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
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.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
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.