Career and Technical Education

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program provides occupational training in a variety of areas. Projected employment opportunities and industry standards guide decisions to restructure courses, add new courses, or discontinue courses no longer considered viable for the labor market.

The courses are designed to provide training to entry-level industry standards. Short courses are offered periodically to prepare offenders for specific prison jobs or to provide basic occupational skills training for offenders with imminent release dates.

An Apprenticeship program, registered with the Employment & Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship, United States Department of Labor, provides training opportunities in several craft and trade areas. The concept of the program is to train apprentices in the practical and theoretical aspects of their craft through actual work experiences augmented by related training instruction.

Windham also coordinates On-The-Job Training (OJT) for TDCJ.. The OJT program provides the opportunity for offenders to learn employable skills while performing jobs.

CTE courses range from full-length courses (600 hours) to short courses (45 to 200 hours).

Full-length courses and skills include:

 

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Success Stories

Success Story IconTo a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student -
"I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."

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 IconWelding Success Story -
"I'm thankful for the welding program I was allowed to take while locked up".

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

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WSD in Images

An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
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.
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.