Services for the Deaf
Welcome to EHG Services for the Deaf!
Limitless. This is not just our new Logo. Not a word we flippantly use.
Keep clicking, watching, listening, reading or better yet, come and visit us! We would love to show you E. H. Gentry!
When we say limitless, we mean LIMITLESS!!
One more time… Limitless.
That is the only way to accurately describe what our students/clients/consumers can accomplish at E. H. Gentry!
We serve those who have a hearing impairment of any degree.
Some individuals come to us having just become deaf due to trauma or illness. Some are congenitally deaf, while others may be in the process of losing their hearing.
We will not tell you what you must do here at E. H. Gentry. Your program is designed by YOU, for YOU. Tell us what you need for your now and your future. We’ll develop a team to help you achieve your goals.
We offer classes that benefit individuals with hearing loss, such as:
- Alabama Certified Workers Certification- AIDT- “Ready to Work”
- Assistive Technology
- Computer Skills
- Digital Literacy
- Driver Training
- Independent Living
- Introduction to Automotive Service
- Job Skills Training
- MAPS (Mobilizing Alabama Pathways) Certifications
- Sign Language Classes
- Work Experience
- WorkKeys® /Career Readiness Certification
- And more!
E. H. Gentry’s academic classes are individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. Students may enter with a goal of obtaining their high school diploma, earning their GED or academic remediation. Depending on their goal, the student may be enrolled in Gentry’s Adult Education system which will establish and track their educational and employment progress.
Other students may be referred to Deaf Academics to improve crucial skills in literacy, math or money management. Computer-based instruction supplements teacher-made PowerPoints and materials designed to accommodate the individual learning style of each student. In addition, students can participate in ACT (American College Test), Compass and WorkKeys® testing while enrolled at Gentry. Qualified students may also opt to participate in our Dual Enrollment class which allows them to take courses at Central Alabama Community College while receiving tutorial support from our academic instructors.
Alabama Certified Workers Certification- AIDT- “Ready to Work”
This program allows students to develop their vocabulary, knowledge, and communication skills for the workplace.ACT WorkKeys- applied math, workplace documents, and graphic literacy skills.
- Technology Basics-Document Management, Information Curation, Working online, Social Networking, Virtual Team Tools, and Productivity Tools skills
- FDIC- Money Management skills
- FEMA- Active Shooter, FEMA-Cultural Diversity, FEMA-Truckers Against Trafficking
- Communication- Non-verbal Skills, Verbal Skills, and Working in Teams skills
- Workplace Behaviors- Diversity, Workplace Violence, Sexual Harassment, Ethics, and Safety skills
- Problem Solving- “Six-Steps”, Decision making, Time Management, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution skills
- Job Prep- Career Exploration, Job Application, Resume Writing and Interviewing skills
Assistive Technology classes are for each student’s individual needs. Training and instruction are offered relating to the use and care of equipment and devices such as pagers, videophones, vibrating alarms, doorbell flashers, etc.
The Computer Skills program prepares students with skills to obtain entry-level office technology, computer support and/or Web technology positions. The program is structured to fit the individualized needs of each student and help develop the right skills and attitude to succeed.
Additionally, the program provides a solid foundation in typing/keyboarding, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, computer repairs and using the Internet. Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Internet Computing Core Certification testing are also offered to students.
We offer opportunities for students to earn NorthStar Digital Literacy certifications. Under NorthStar, students can earn certifications ranging from basic computer and internet usage to more specific Microsoft, Mac, and Google certifications
Gentry recognizes the importance of having an Alabama Driver License when it comes to navigating toward a successful future. Offering adult Driver Training classes to prepare individuals for the Alabama Learner License assessment, Gentry also offers road skills training for individuals who have already earned their Learner License.
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 instruction 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.
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.
MAPS (Mobilizing Alabama Pathways) Certifications
- Architecture and Construction
- Information Technology
- Transportation and Logistics
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.
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 credential that documents an individual’s WorkKeys® scores for prospective employers.