GCTC focuses on the needs of the student to enhance their opportunity for a positive transition to their home community. The GCTC Case Management staff work to assess the students needs using diagnostic tools and then developing a Master Inter-Disciplinary Care Plan.

This plan includes case management and counseling topics which include crisis intervention, substance abuse education & counseling, and gang membership identification & counseling. All facets of the plan are reviewed and evaluated monthly to ensure progress.



Gulf Coast Trades Center employs full-time caseworkers to counsel with students. These professionals also provide the students with different techniques to help them process and handle their feelings appropriately along with anger management techniques. The Center offers individual and group counseling sessions with onsite counselors. Services are also added by different psychiatric and psychological professionals to aid the Casework and Counseling staff in these counseling efforts. Therapeutic recreational activities such as flag football, basketball, weightlifting and the Ropes Course are provided to help students redirect their anger and express their emotions in a positive, creative, and fun manner.


Substance Abuse is a major concern for our youth. They have almost all been impacted at least indirectly, so we have implemented a program that can help students address this aspect of their life. Onsite professionals, aided by our caseworkers, provide the students with different techniques to help them process and alleviate these obstacles. The Center offers individual and group counseling sessions as well to address these matters. Services are also added by different psychiatric and psychological professionals to aid in these counseling efforts.


Medical care at GCTC is more than just administering prescribed and over the counter medications. We have four med passes, breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime where youth receive their prescribed medications and/or over the counter medications as indicated by our standing orders.

Upon admission to the GCTC campus, all eligible youth have Medicaid applied for them. Once Medicaid is established, our Medicaid Coordinator ensures the youths are set up with the appropriate primary care physician and dentist. The medical department staff includes a nurse who is on-call twenty-four hours a day outside of being on campus, and medical assistants. The medical staff, under the direction of our contracted medical director and PCP, are responsible for making required appointments and transporting the youth to those off campus appointments, timely and safely. The medical department also administers minor treatments for injury and illnesses, within their scope of practice, and has an on-site infirmary the youth can stay in if illnesses are not emergent but need a little extra care. We utilize our nearest hospital ERs and specialists for major or emergency medical needs. As required, appointments for annual physicals and eye exams, biannual dental exams and treatment, psychiatric and “sick calls” are made as needed to keep the youth safe and healthy. Youth also receive medical trainings/education such as Stop the Bleed and STI/D awareness, just to name a couple.


Serving three hot meals a day, Gulf Coast Trades Center is known around the state of Texas for the delicious as well as nutritious meals. GCTC participates in the USDA/National School Lunch Program and is a commodities contract program.

Gulf Coast Trades Center Wellness Policy 2019


Designed to develop trust, overcome perceived boundaries, and to build self-esteem, our on-site Self-Challenge Course includes ropes, wood platforms, and webbing-type obstacles.


Once the youth has completed his course of studies the youth will return to his home community. He will have a Job Developer that will assist the youth with the task of securing a career within his chosen trade. The Job Developer assists in identifying public transportation routes to and from work sites, transportation for job search, and coaching for the youth on job search skills prior to the interview. The Job Developer will act as a support center for the youth in their transition into the community. They will assist the youth with community based services that the youth may need as he returns home. The major goal of the program is for the youth to become gainfully employed, however the Job Developer will also assist the youth in the completion of GED/ High School, entering Post Secondary Training, working with Labor Unions, or entering the Armed Forces.