Gels created the Home Builders program for students to help students enter the construction industry. He authored the innovation application that was used as the foundation to create the Ignite Institute, a new school opening in 2019. His work was instrumental in landing a $6.7 million Work Ready Skills Initiative grant to renovate a building given to the district by Toyota.
“Jerry Gels is a fine example of what can be accomplished if your heart is really connected to your work,” Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe said. “His career ambition is to make a difference in the students others gave up on. He takes great pride in proving to students that they can succeed in the right atmosphere.”