Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources:

Request GED

Request NCCER Industries Certificate

Request a TEEX Certificate (external link)

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) (external link)

                  from Family Members

Selection for enrollment into WSD programs is based on an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) developed for each resident by the school principal or school counselor. The ITP lists the educational services recommended for each resident. If enrollment is recommended by the ITP, priority is based on the resident's age, program availability, and projected release date. Residents will be contacted by the Principal or Counselor for school services.
All residents are encouraged to ask questions when they attend the Unit Classification Committee where programs are discussed.

The WSD offers English and a Second Language class or ESL.  Enrollment is based on the ITP.

Residents are transferred for school enrollment but not often. All transfers are coordinated via the school Counselor and are only requested for some programs. The WSD does not request transfers for enrollment in the GED program, CHANGES (pre-release) or the Cognitive Intervention Program. The TDCJ makes the final determination of all transfer decisions.

Because our students are adults, we need their permission to speak to anyone regarding their educational information. We must have written consent from a student before we can discuss their records or status for enrollment.

Success Stories

Success Story Icon NEW - Learning equals possibilities - "Being incarcerated since I was young, I have had my share of trials and struggles. But knowing every morning that I may..."

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."

Success Story IconNEW - I learned a great deal  - "I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. Painting and Decorating is something I always wanted to do and learn."

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WSD in Images

Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
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.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.

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