To a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student:

Thank you for everything you have done for me. Like you know, I got locked up at a very young age and never had a real job in my life. Well, not till now. I took your class and fell in love with the welding trade. I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game. I was able to take a welding test and now get paid good money and I work 6 days a week and I get 13 (hours) over time every week and anything over 40 hours is time and a half…When I got this job I went to be a welder’s helper but after doing work I was put on as a welder….My dream is to be a pipe welder and one day you’ll get a letter from me telling you that I made it. I’m making it a point to tell you because you gave me what I now have. If it wasn’t for you and your iron fist way of teaching I wouldn’t of been able to make it. Because of you I can make a living. I’m free. I have a job that pays good and what help’s me is that I love what I’m doing and it’s men like you that made a difference in my life and I’m writing to tell you thank you for everything. … Thank you very much for all you have done. If you ever question the fact if you're making a change in the lives of people, know that in my life you have made a difference and I will be forever grateful to you!!

With Respect
Your Student
C. Davila

 

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Garrett Stanley: Journeyman electrician credits WSD vocational training for chance to re-wire life, enjoy success and freedom - The jobs skills and talents that helped turn his life around came as a result of correctional education in TDCJ. Stanley fortunately fell under the guidance of skilled vocational instructors during his years at the Luther Unit in Navasota; education helped him re-direct his path.

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

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..."

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

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

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Success Story IconRole Model - Success Story -
"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

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Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
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.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
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.