October 10, 2016
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Gentry Facility receives Career Pathways grant
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s E. H. Gentry Facility recently received a Career Pathways grant of $58,951 from the Alabama Community College System to implement new training programs in materials handling and the culinary arts. An Adult Education provider within the Alabama Community College System, Gentry will begin program development in the new areas this month.
Materials handling encompasses an array of options for E. H. Gentry consumers, because of the growth in this job field in Alabama. Deaf and blind students will gain confidence in operating machinery, as well as acquiring valuable work experience.
Career opportunities are also on the rise for management, cooks/food preparation/chef, catering and other related culinary arts in Alabama. Exposure to culinary arts can lead to certification in food service, and learned skills will also improve independent living. Grant funds will be used to purchase adaptive equipment and curriculum necessary for some clients.
“We provide support and resources to help our students become successful,” said Patrick Robinson, Executive Director of E. H. Gentry. “Gentry offers Independent Living and job skills training, assistive technology, college prep and all the adjustment services custom designed to meet our clients’ needs. We are pleased that these grant funds will enable us to offer these two new options for career exploration and Adult Education.”
H. Gentry is part of the Alabama Community College System, and is a vocational rehabilitation component of AIDB, serving adults 16 and over who are hard of hearing or deaf, low vision or blind, deafblind or who have other physical or cognitive challenges. The grant funds will also enhance technology and literacy programs, mentoring, college prep and Ready to Work curriculum accessibility for the Gentry clients.
“We plan to bring role models to Gentry to talk about what it means to be deaf or blind and successfully working in different fields – welding, the post office, administration, and more,” said Dr. Yevette Pearce, E. H. Gentry Director of Student and General Services. “Mentoring will be an important part of our new program.”
A component of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Gentry Facility is a full service education and rehabilitation facility. Established in 1968, our mission is to help students achieve economic and personal independence through employment training, college preparation classes and independent living skills. Gentry creates customized programs for deaf, blind, deaf-blind and general services students by exploring personal and professional goals and then using the latest technology and training methods available. Students leave here prepared for college, the workforce or to live independently.