Gentry academic classes are individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. Students may enter with a goal of obtaining their high school diploma, earn a General Education Diploma (GED), or upgrade literacy skills. Depending on their goal, the student may be enrolled in Gentry’s Adult Education program which will establish and track their educational and employment progress.
Home Management – Students are introduced to safety in the kitchen, basic preparation, cooking techniques, recipe study, meal planning and preparation, use of tools and equipment and comparative shopping.
Personal Management – Students are provided instructions in all areas needed to live independently. Topics of instruction include communication, daily living, maintaining a household, and self-care, as well as work and study habits.
WorkKeys® /Career Readiness Certification
Gentry provides remediation in the core WorkKeys® areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. A student who earns a WorkKeys® level of 3 or greater in each of these areas qualifies for an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate. A work readiness certificate is a portable credential that documents an individual’s WorkKeys® scores for prospective employers.
The E.H. Gentry Work Experience Program gives students the opportunity to develop work skills that will help them transition into the workplace. All jobs in Work Experience are real work in which work skills and work habits are assessed.
Job Skills Training
Nothing is more empowering than the feeling of receiving your first paycheck. At Gentry, students learn the necessary tools and techniques needed to compete for the job of their choice. Our job coaches help students gain first-hand experience, by working in real jobs either on campus or in the community.
Gentry recognizes the importance of having an Alabama Driver License when it comes to navigating toward a successful future. Gentry offers adult Driver Training classes to prepare individuals for the Alabama Learner License assessment as well as road skills training for individuals who have already earned their Learner License.
Meet Madison Williams
From Childersburg, Alabama, Madison Williams came to E.H. Gentry Facility in March 2012 to receive instruction inBasic Academics, Computers, Work Experience/Woodshop and Job Skills. He enhanced information learned in class with a work experience placement at Advanced Auto Parts, Talladega.
“We work on strengthening a person’s weaknesses/ barriers to employment and reinforcing their strengths,” states General Services Case Manager Suzy McCullough. “Some of those work place behaviors are being on time, staying on task, work speed, specific academic areas such as math or reading, and any other personal work place barriers that need to be addressed.”
“E.H. Gentry is a person-centered facility,” states Interim Assistant Executive Director Lori Mitchell. “If a student comes here with a specific interest or skill level, we try to provide a work placement opportunity in the community for you to enhance your skill sets or to determine if this is the right career path for you.”
Awarded the Silver Certificate in WorkKeys® Career Readiness, Madison completed Gentry in June 2012, where he was hired full-time with Advanced Auto Parts.
“An excellent gentleman, Madison is eager to learn and very coachable,” explains Steven White, Advanced Auto Parts General Manager. “Any training we provide, he applies on a daily basis. He’s always on time and he’s always at work, repeatedly ranking either first or in the top three in sales for the week. He’s an outstanding employee.”
E. H. Gentry Facility: GED Testing
E. H. Gentry Facility is an official General Education Diploma (GED) testing site and offers GED services for individuals who have vision and/or hearing loss.
The necessary forms for requesting special disability accommodations are available upon request; however, you must inquire about these options in advance and have the approval before testing is scheduled.
GED Examinees must be:
- 18 years of age;
- Not enrolled in school; and
- Not a graduate of any accredited school.
Pre-registration is preferred and testing is scheduled by appointment.
All applicants must present their U.S. social security card for the purpose of identification verification. You must also present to the GED examiner a valid government identification card that includes a current photograph, legal name, birth date, address and signature.
For additional information regarding registration, eligibility, accommodations and test fees contact:
Ms. Margaret Calloway, Chief GED Examiner
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
E. H. Gentry Facility Products
Providing habitat for wood ducks, bluebirds and other fowl makes good conservation sense. Constructed of quality pine and cypress woods, these boxes are built by adults in E.H. Gentry’s Work Experience Program.
Work Adjustment gives adults with special needs an opportunity to develop work skills for transition into the competitive workplace. The Work Adjustment Program is critical since many of these adults have never been employed or they have recently lost their hearing or sight and must learn a new job.
Gentry’s Work Experience program provides duck boxes, blue bird boxes and bird feeders to the public. Gentry produces all aspects of the boxes and feeders to form completed pieces. Bluebird house kits come ready for easy assembly, or can be bought pre-assembled.
To purchase duck boxes or bird feeders and to see our full list of products please click here.