Welcome to Gulf Coast Trades Center!

For 45 years dedicated, hardworking, passionate people have been serving young people at the Gulf Coast Trades Center (GCTC) by working to help change life directions. What an honor! What a challenge! What a mission! I am privileged to work with some of the most dedicated people I have ever served with in my career as an administrator.

Trying to describe GCTC is like showing friends your best vacation ever in only a few pictures. Hard to do!

From the moment our student residents touch ground there are a myriad of services underway. Admissions and Orientation personnel are acquainting kids with purpose and mission. Medical staff begins care with residents that will last long after they depart the program. Residential staff is seeing to direct care needs in which students are clothed, fed, housed, nurtured, play hard, and find staff who will help in self-growth. School staff goes to work to re-engage students with academic learning and introduce them to vocational skills that launch careers. Social workers create relationships that bolster self-esteem and encourage self-management. And, I havenít even addressed the high percentage of aftercare success in trade-related jobs our student residents achieve following discharge from our program.

See what I mean? We love what we do and our people are really good at it. The combination is impressive, and we enjoy talking about the success of our student residents.

If you are looking at placing a student resident at GCTC, I encourage you to speak with one of our administrators, or come tour the campus and see for yourself the environment that is making a difference in the lives of young people. We have over four decades of success in helping teenagers find new direction and hope for their futures.

If you are considering working at GCTC/Raven School, then you should know that we expect the best from our staff. We promote the social and economic independence of disadvantaged youth. Our measure of success is their success in life.

If you an individual or organization considering volunteering at GCTC, we have a host of services (mentoring, spiritual guidance, tutoring, etc.) in which we can match your talents to the needs of young people. And, I encourage you to contact our offices to see how you can truly make a difference in the turning point of life that GCTC becomes for our student residents.

Whatever brought you to our site, I encourage you to make your life count by making a difference in the life of another. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you to help kids.

For the kids,

Dale Underwood

Executive Director / Superintendent

We are currently in a collaboration with Montgomery County United Way and Healing Hands Ranch to teach our kids horticulture and aquaponics!