Elmer L. “Tex” Williamson began his career at the Hodgen Correctional Center, later renamed the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center, location of the Jim E. Hamilton Skills Center. Williamson worked as a counselor and retired 31 years later as a student services specialist.
Tex worked to transform the skills centers from inmate training to a credible school system focused on industry needs and student outcomes.
Among his many awards, Williamson also received the Region IV Educator of the Year Award in the Skills Center Division from the American Vocational Association.
Williamson was inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 2007.