Center for Education & Career Guidance

Virgil Shearer
Education and Career Development Manager
713-921-7520 Ext. 203

Open Door Education & Career Guidance Center

Open Door Mission’s Education & Technology Center is a critical component in taking the first step to improving your education. All men enrolled in the DoorWay Program are tested using the Texas Adult Basic Education Assessment (TABE) which will be used as a baseline for curriculum selection and tutor placement.

Education Requirements and Commitments:

  • All students who test in below fifth grade on reading or math skills are placed with a tutor.
  • All men seeking a GED must complete 10 hours of study per week, and are partnered with a tutor to help them succeed.
  • All men who have a GED or high school diploma must complete five hours of Refresh education weekly, working on math, language, typing, science, and more.
  • Educational retesting is done prior to promotion in the DoorWay Program to chart progress and determine if students are eligible for community college.
  • On completion of the DoorWay Program, all students are eligible for application assistance for community education programs, local colleges, and career search.

Volunteer Career Guidance Opportunities:

Currently, we have 8 volunteers providing services to our students. We are seeking additional tutors.

Currently, we are seeking individuals with interest and experience in career development and career counseling to volunteer on a regular basis.

If you are interested in volunteering with this department, please contact Katherine Burns at, with the subject heading “Education Volunteer.”

Community Partners:

The Open Door Mission’s Education Department is proud to partner with the following agencies to better serve our students:

  • Houston Community College
  • TRIO Educational Opportunity Center
  • SER Jobs for Progress
  • The Marriott Marquis, Houston
  • Houston Center for Literacy
  • The Jesuit Volunteer Corps

If you are a local agency focused on adult education or are looking to hire individuals who have successfully completed our Program, we would love to partner with you! Please contact the Education Manager, Virgil Shearer at 832-962-4259, or  We look forward to hearing from you!

Interested in this program or know someone who will benefit from it?

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