Texas legislator honors Windham School District graduates and family members with words of encouragement in Gatesville

Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) spoke at the Windham School District GED and vocational graduation at the Hughes Unit on June 28, 2014.

"The fact that you are here shows you have taken some steps to improve yourself and your standing in life … we support you and applaud you for that choice," he said. "We support and congratulate the family members who are here to show their love and devotion to you on this momentous day."

Sheffield encouraged the offenders to continue to prepare themselves for successful, productive lives after release:

"We believe by doing what you have done today to get to this graduation you have proven you have what it takes to make a difference in your life … to improve yourself," he said. "All of us who have lived this life long enough know we cannot determine what’s going to happen in our lives, but we can determine how we react to what happens in our lives."

Hughes Unit graduates had completed GED or vocational training, as well as receiving National Center for Construction Education and Research certification. Their accomplishments were recognized by family members, school faculty, and unit staff attending the graduation.

 

Other articles that may interest you:

Mason Staggs: Education during incarceration leads to long-term employment, life success - Former offender Staggs’ success story frequently inspires incarcerated graduates in Windham School District (WSD). Staggs himself was incarcerated for close to 10 years within TDCJ, serving time on the Ferguson, Hughes and Middleton units. He has now been on the outside for 18 years.

WSD WANTS YOU To help recruit great teachers & earn extra time for yourself! - Correctional educators with Windham School District have some of the best teaching jobs in the state, and your help is needed to get this word out!  WSD is currently recruiting academic and vocational teachers for its schools statewide, and employees are encouraged to help bring in the best referrals and candidates for Windham teaching jobs.

Letter from WSD: WSD explains program expansion - In our continuing series on the changes and improvements in the Windham School District (WSD) Vocational Trades and Career and Technical Education certifications, we would like to share WSD’s plan for program expansion. New course lengths, course offerings and training opportunities are becoming available for men and women in TDCJ.

C-Tech connects Windham students with high tech skills, Increases offenders’ opportunities for freeworld jobs - Using interactive instruction, carefully monitored wire cutters, a hand-held testing device and a classroom partner's input, an offender in a Texas prison school cuts and creates his own wire/cable connection and plugs it into a telecommunications simulator. His teacher follows up with a tester, making sure the connection is successful and complete.

Austin businesswoman lists education, faith, sobriety as powerful life savers - Education, faith, sobriety and determination rewrote the dramatic story of Austin's Tina Harryman, a successful businesswoman who overcame substance abuse and incarceration.