New GRCTC earns first-ever recognition

Collaborating together, several classes at the new Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center claimed the campus’s first-ever recognition. They won Best Use of Space at Park(ing) Day Dallas 2017, an eco-friendly event that challenges participants to temporarily turn parking spaces into parks.

On the first day of school, GRCTC teachers introduced the challenge and students hit the ground running—much like they would the first day of a new job in the real world. They teamed up to design, model and present their proposals for parking space makeovers. Teachers then picked the top two designs and combined them to create an interactive greenspace, complete with plywood trees and a graffiti wall for passersby to leave their musings or marks.

On Sept. 15, just three weeks after school started, approximately a dozen students and staff traveled to Downtown Dallas to transform parking spaces alongside professional businesses, architects, engineers, etc.

Every piece of the GRCTC’s installation was the product of student ingenuity and skill. The end result also represented collaboration between architecture, engineering, graphic design, manufacturing and electrical technology classes. The group not only walked away with the Best Use of Space trophy. Their recognition continued Oct. 24 when they received an Evidence of Excellence award from the GISD Board of Trustees.

“We were continually impressed with all the students and what they accomplished. Thank you to everyone involved,” said engineering teacher Carmen Diaz.