Classes

DSC03151WSD educators teach students by combining real-world contexts and workplace skills.  Teachers create lessons that address each different learning style within the student population.  All programs emphasize workplace skills such as tolerance, teamwork, and problem solving.

     1. Basic Academic Program emphasizes literacy training and GED preparation. The curricular framework includes the development of skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment.

     2. Special Education Program provides individualized instruction for students with disabilities so they can learn and be successful.

     3. Title I Program provides a supplemental academic program for eligible offenders who are less than 21 years of age.

     4. English as a Second Language Program (ESL) provides English language instruction for offenders with limited English proficiency.

     5. The CHANGES II Program (Pre-Release) prepares offenders for return to the "free world".  The program addresses personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health, emotional development and employment.

     6. The Cognitive Intervention Program is designed to improve behavior during incarceration and after release by addressing thinking patterns which lead to criminal behavior.  The program includes instruction and exercises in problem solving, anger management, impulse control, overcoming criminal thinking, creating positive attitudes and beliefs, goal setting and relapse prevention.

     7. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program integrates career path planning and technical training to prepare offenders for today's workforce. Career and technical training is offered in more than 30 occupations. The competency-based curriculum is designed to meet entry-level industry standards, including certification and licensure requirements. The CTE program also supports apprenticeship and On-the-Job-Training programs.

 

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Success Stories

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

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

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