I learned to change my perspective

"It’s the education I learned in Cognitive Intervention class that changed me. I learned to change my perspective. If I change the way I see things, I can change the way I react to things; I can change my destiny."

Monica Bennett-Oakley, former offender/college graduate 

 

Other Success Stories that may interest you:

Cartel to Counselor: Finding HOPE through education - "I did a lot of damage in my lifetime," says former Windham School District (WSD) student Linda Marlin. "I would really like to try to help people realize that there is another way."

NEW - 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."

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

Former Windham student becomes successful electrician - Garrett Stanley, a wonderful story of success in life after incarceration.

NEW - 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..."

Success Stories

Success Story IconIndependent Data Contractor Success Story -
"Due largely to the training I received from my teacher, I am able to be an independent ...

Success Story IconNEW - Making a positive impact - "I am very excited to be learning a new trade and to be securing employment for myself in the 'real world.'"

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’m so grateful I took welding -
"I’m so grateful I took welding; I’ve come so far in my career because the things I was taught in that program".

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WSD in Images

Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
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.
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.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.

Former Student Survey