MORRIS – Grundy Area Vocational Center programming continues to grow, offering students in the county a hands-on learning environment in fields they are interested in.
At an open house scheduled for Nov. 5, the community is invited to see everything the center has to offer.
“Our open house is unique,” Assistant Director Jeanne Skube said. “We don’t want just the current students and parents to come. We also want the businesses in the community and families with undergrads to come in.”
She said it is the perfect opportunity for those in the community who aren’t familiar with GAVC to see what it has to offer. GAVC is open to juniors and seniors from the four Grundy County high schools.
Students are bused to the center located behind Morris Community High School, and routes begin from Minooka Community High School, Gardner-South Wilmington High School and Coal City High School.
The center offers an array of programs, which include automotive technology, building trades, computer graphics and multimedia design, computer maintenance technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, early childhood education, fire science, health occupations and welding. The public also can learn about three new programs, which will be offered during the 2016-17 school year if there is enough interest for them. Aviation, culinary arts and computer-aided drafting and design are ready to begin.
Skube said the center will be using classrooms at Morris Community High School for both the culinary arts and CADD classes as part of a partnership with the school district. Students who enroll in the culinary arts program will receive a food services and sanitation license, as well as receive dual credit at Joilet Junior College.
“Culinary arts will address the business end as well as advance the students beyond what they learn in their basic foods class,” Skube said.
The CADD program was created after a survey of students showed many were looking for the next step after their high school CADD classes, according to Skube.
Skube said although each school might have students interested in taking advanced classes, often there aren’t enough students to justify an additional class at their home school.
GAVC gives the schools the opportunity to combine those interested students in one place for their class. Skube said the center is working toward making the CADD program into a dual-credit program, as well.
Aviation, which was introduced for this school year, did not have enough student interest to start this year as planned, so the center will offer it again next year to see if enough students decide to enroll. Students will learn about the different areas of employment available to those interested in aviation.
“It’s a complete survey of aviation,” she said. “It’s not just pilots, but also mechanics and air traffic control. It gives them an introduction to the field.”
Skube said the addition of the three new programs is a way to reach a new student population that didn’t feel the center offered something for them.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: GAVC open house
WHERE: Grundy Area Vocational Center, 1002 Union St., Morris
WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5
ETC: There will be refreshments and door prize drawings during the open house. Prizes include an iPad mini, two $50 gas cards and GAVC apparel.