Promoting professional environments with a focus on real-world application

The Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center prepares students to compete in a global economy, offering a network of opportunities for today’s workplaces. District workshops revealed a key planning goal: create project-based spaces for students to thrive around the “learning on display” model. Representing a hub of ideas, the school acts as an intersection between local industry and education. Blended learning areas allow students to hone their craft adjacent to their courses. Collaboration and indoor/outdoor makerspaces are interwoven to create cross-curricula integration. The main corridor acts as the spine of the school and a hub for events or display projects. Spatial adjacencies are optimized for efficiency and flexible usage, including program-specific spaces such as labs in locations accessible to the public. Interdisciplinary collaboration for real-world environments drives opportunities for students to research, experiment, and innovate. Application-driven scenarios such as Junior Achievement “BizTown”, the mock-up town located at the center of the facility, mimic jobs. CTE pathways reflect the community values and engage with the fastest-growing and highest-paying industries in the region.