There’s a famous scene in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy “Back to School” during which the comedian’s character, a successful entrepreneur, takes a college professor to task for leaving out a number of real-world problems when it comes to building a business.
The message, delivered in a humorous fashion, is that the students aren’t really learning how things work outside of a classroom.
This fall, Garland ISD hopes to make steps toward correcting that when it opens the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center right next to Naaman Forest High School. The center, which will service all the GISD high schools, is designed to provide students with hands-on, project-based learning that will teach them the skills necessary to pursue a career within a number of professions.
Those include the areas of the culinary arts, marketing, architecture, engineering, electrical and many others.
However, one major difference is that the Gilbreath-Reed students, most of whom will be upperclassmen, will learn how their chosen field of study interacts with others being taught, said principal Dr. Erika Crump.
For instance, she and assistant principal Clint Elsasser noted, architecture students will not only be given the tools necessary to complete their renderings, but they also will interact with engineering, electrical, marketing, banking and other students to determine whether the proposed rendering is feasible.