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:

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

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.

NEW - Tools to change my own life - "What can I say about Autobrakes? I guess I need to start by saying it's one of the best classes I have ever taken!"

NEW - 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".

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

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - Education taught me... - "Education taught me how to think and analyze problems, which helps me daily in my current employment."

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

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."

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

Former Student Survey