(Previously published in the Taking Charge blog.)
TSTC Publishing, the publishing arm of Texas State Technical College (TSTC), recently presented the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) more than 200 books to the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility Unit 2 in Mart. “Taking Charge: Your Education, Your Career, Your Life is a book related to personal growth so students can see these skills are part of an integral part of the ongoing development of life,” said Publisher Mark Long. “We are delighted to present this best-selling book to a local TYC school dedicated to helping young men turn their lives around. Two of our staff members, Marketing Manager Sheila Boggess and Sales Manager Wes Lowe are involved as volunteers at the Mart facility.” The book is written by Katharine O’Moore-Klopf and Karen Mitchell Smith.
The book, with its 12 chapters, covers the most important skills students will need to be successful, not just with their educational goals but with personal and professional goals as well. The book focuses on goal-setting, time management, financial planning, critical thinking, research, written and interpersonal communications, the diverse and non-hostile work environment. Each chapter includes a profile of someone who uses that particular skill on a daily basis, success stories, practical ways to apply these skills, and additional resources for further research.
“None of the subjects in Taking Charge exist in a vacuum; instead, they are used by real people with real jobs, many of whom are tasked with helping out with your education and who, in the past, found themselves exactly where students are today, looking ahead to the future,” said Long.
According to the TYC website, Texas Youth Commission programs along with specialized treatment programs equip youth with skills and support to help them successfully return to their home communities through a daily 16-hour structured program with elements of correctional therapy, education, discipline training, student work and opportunities to earn community service hours. The goal is for youth to become productive and responsible citizens when they return to their home communities.