WSD receives support from NCCER with efforts to connect trained offenders and employers

Windham School District vocational training programs are certified by the nationally-recognized National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Industrial Certification Verification program. This program is widely recognized in industry as a leading certification endorsement for the construction and manufacturing trades.

When NCCER held its National Career Pathways Conference in New Orleans last fall, WSD was present, along with representatives from the largest industrial construction firms in the United States. In the opening ceremony, NCCER Vice President Steve Greene told the audience that working with incarcerated individuals was an untapped resource of potential employees. He commended WSD for leading the way to connecting this resource with potential employers. Greene applauded the efforts of Windham schools and their partners in the TDCJ for developing opportunities to build a well-trained workforce for industrial and heavy construction industries.

Additional conference recognition for WSD took place as The Industrial Company (TIC), recognized WSD and its partnership with TIC. The collaboration of Windham with TIC is helping provide an available NCCER-trained workforce of released offenders.

"Since these industry leaders announced Windham's efforts to reach out to the skilled labor force, multiple companies have contacted Windham, offering assistance and additional potential partnerships for employment," WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. "Windham is honored to be recognized as an innovator in the training for industrial skilled trades by the NCCER and hopes to continue to build relationships with companies in highly employable heavy industry construction trades," Carpenter said.

NCCER reached out to WSD earlier this year, when Greene brought NCCER Director of Workforce Dan Belcher to Huntsville to meet with WSD Career and Technical Education administrators. NCCER invited WSD to participate in the 2016 Career Pathways Conference next December, offered its support of WSD in efforts to connect with other industry partners, and emphasized continued interest in former offenders as an untapped labor force.

During School Year 2014-2015, WSD vocational students earned 11,183 nationally-recognized industry certificates.