June 20, 2007

Judy Gentry Judy Gentry
Judy Gentry, a career and technology teacher at Granbury High School, gained knowledge this summer that will benefit her students when the new school year begins. From June 14-26, 2007, Gentry joined thirteen area teachers in serving as externs through the Tech Prep Consortium at Weatherford College.

Through the program, the teachers gain professional development by actually working in businesses and then creating lesson plans for the classroom based on their experiences. The program helps teachers stay current on business and industry skills and standards and, therefore, more effectively enabling them to prepare their students for the real world of work. Funding is provided by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Each teacher was selected to work at a participating business for a week. Gentry was placed at KTVT, the CBS affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "I have had an amazing experience and have been able to see newsmaking firsthand," she commented. Following the first week, the teachers toured area airports and aviation facilities. At the conclusion, each participant presented their experiences to the group.

Gentry is pictured (above) with news anchors Doug Dunbar and Karen Borta and (at left) operating one of the studio cameras.