E. H. Gentry Facility Overview
Life Skills, Lifestyles… Lives Changed!
Helen Keller described life as an adventure and from beginning to end we face many challenges in pursuit of our goals. E. H. Gentry Facility (Gentry) – with a strong campus program and network of adult services provided through statewide Regional Centers – helps individuals and families develop the life skills they need to achieve a quality lifestyle! At Gentry, lives are changed!
The Gentry Program
Gentry 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.
Extended Day Program
Residential and recreation programs are available in a traditional residential campus environment. Housing is provided through the Residence Hall and Wooten Cottage is available for students needing additional supervision. Some students live off campus and participate in educational programs and training on a daily basis.
Our Adjustment classes can help you gain confidence and independence. At Gentry, we strive to ensure that you are prepared for the many challenges you encounter daily in managing your personal lifestyle. In Adjustment Services, we provide instruction in areas such as:
- Home and Personal Management
- Orientation & Mobility
- Money Management
- Work Experience
- Sign Language
Assistive Technology Services
Whether job skills or personal management, nothing quite levels the playing field like Assistive Technology. From high-tech to low-tech, a vast array of devices and software are available to make life and work easier for students indeaf, blind, deaf-blind and general services tracks. Training in the use of assistive devices, accessible computer use or software applications is available. And our skilled and highly-qualified staff members stay abreast of all the latest developments and pass this knowledge along to our students, employers and other consumers statewide.
College Prep/Dual Enrollment
If earning a degree is your goal, Gentry’s College Prep/Dual Enrollment program will help you advance your education. Our instructors will give you the academic foundation, time management and organizational skills that will serve you well during your college years and beyond. The Dual Enrollment program allows a student to attend classes at Central Alabama Community College, while at the same time continue to receive adjustment and support services at E.H. Gentry Facility.
Through academic classes, we help students earn a General Education Diploma (GED) – as an official GED testing center – earn a WorkKeys® career readiness certificate or meet other college entrance requirements.
Nothing is more empowering than the feeling of pride in earning your first paycheck. At Gentry, you can experience the necessary tools and technologies needed to compete for the job of your choice. Career choices are only limited by your imagination! With the assistance of our job coaches, you can gain hands-on experience and confidence! Our graduates are now working at hospitals, daycare facilities, retail stores and in manufacturing plants. At Gentry, you can earn your WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certificate as Gentry is an official testing site for WorkKeys®.
Many consumers are served in their home communities throughout the state. Job coaching, counseling, assistive technology, Orientation and Mobility, interpreter services and sign language training are just a few of the outreach programs available through the coordinated efforts of Gentry and AIDB’s statewide network of Regional Centers.
“The five employees Eurest Dining Services –A Compass USA Group hired based on E.H. Gentry Facility work experience placements – are just fabulous. I have nothing but good things to say about each of these workers who are just as capable as everyone else. In fact, when we have an opening, we always like to call E.H. Gentry Facility first to see if they have a potential applicant.” ~ Hess Fridley, Eurest Dining Services General Manager, Honda Manufacturing of Lincoln, LLC.