NEW Education, honesty, determination: Derek Hess’s transformative journey From prison cell to Excel - Despite six years of imprisonment for a conviction involving drug offenses, firearms and a stolen vehicle, former Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) offender Derek Hess is now living a successful life employed as a contractor for a global oil company.
Training leading to real jobs: Major Appliance Service Technology - Major Appliance Service Technology students at the Hughes Unit in Gatesville learn mechanical, electrical and electronic principles related to the diagnosis, service and repair of major appliances.
Dominguez State Jail hosts Employment and Service Provider event - An Employment and Service Provider event this year was a call to action across the public and private sectors and local and federal governments to unite efforts in transitioning soon-to-be released offenders towards employability and world-readiness.
NEWS RELEASE - 2014 MEDIA HONOR ROLL includes J.T. Street/Fox News - (Austin) --J.T. Street of Fox 29 News was named to the 2014 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and by the Windham School District (WSD) and its Board of Trustees.
HUNTSVILLE ITEM: TDCJ’s Windham School District: Safe, successful stories being told here now - Time heals all wounds, or so it’s been said. Some say time covers wounds with scar tissue. The pain lessens, but it’s never truly gone. A look back at a terrifying prison siege.
Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Criminal Justice Volunteer Award Literacy Highland Lakes received an award for volunteering its literacy services to female inmates at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer ceremony in Austin on April 17.
Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award During ceremonies in Austin, Sally May of Granite Shoals accepted the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award on behalf of Literacy Highland Lakes. For 27 years, this 501(c)(3) volunteer-based non-profit group has conducted GED classes at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas.
Sour Lake Man Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award Lloyd Michael Warren of Sour Lake, Texas was presented the Windham School District Employee Volunteer award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.
Brick masonry class builds up vocational skills The Windham School District (WSD) Bricklaying/Stone Masonry class, held on the Allred Unit, teaches students both trade and life skills.
TDCJ's Windham School District gives inmates a shot at academic success Offenders and their families feel a sense of accomplishment on graduation day.
26 inmates at Polunsky Unit in Livingston earn GEDs Rep. James White encouraged Windham correctional educators, students, and family members of offenders to strive for success when he served as a commencement speaker inside the prison system.
Commissioner of Education speaks at Windham GED Ceremony Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams congratulates a GED recipient during ceremonies honoring Moore Unit and Cole State Jail GED recipients. Commissioner Williams praised graduates for their accomplishments and thanked attending family members for support and encouragement.
Inside the wire: Two longtime educators now teaching GED classes to inmates at TDCJ’s Polunsky Unit Inside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Polunsky Unit - past the rolls of barbed wire, past the security checkpoints, past the seemingly endless gates, one of which leads past Death Row there's a door marked "Education." Inside the door is a classroom, one no different from any high school classroom save for the guards outside the door.
DOORS initiative offers hope to Dallas area ex-offenders - One of the most daunting challenges the newly-released ex-offender faces is the reentry process. Reentry requires the ex-offender to decide to do everything within his/ her power to transition from living a life in which all necessities are provided free to living a life where the basics must be procured by effort and resourcefulness.