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Vocational center receives donations to help students learn

MORRIS – Several donors were honored at the Sept. 22 Grundy Area Vocational Center board meeting – including the family of George Thomas, Aux Sable Liquid Products, and Joliet Junior College – for donations made to help further the education of students at GAVC.

The family of George Thomas donated a residential lot on Oak Grove Court in Morris to be used by the building trades classes as a site for a new home.

“George worked in the construction field his whole life and wanted to give back,” Jeanne Skube, assistant director of GAVC, said Tuesday. “Typically, we purchase the lots we use. This was a very generous donation.”

The building trades program builds one home every two years. With the typical high school student attending two years at GAVC, they are able to see the home from start to finish, or they help finish one and start the next. Either way, they have the experience of seeing every aspect of a home being built.

Aux Sable Liquid Products made a donation of computer networking devices and racks to the Computer Maintenance Technology program, which will give students a hands-on approach to learning they haven’t previously had.

“Prior to this donation, the students would have to use simulators to learn,” Skube said.

Now students will be able to work on computer technology currently used in the field.

Joliet Junior College donated a fire truck to the Fire Science program, which Skube said will provide extra hands-on hours to students looking at fire science careers.

In the past, the students would go to the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District to learn the operations of a fire truck. The donation of one will allow students to have a fire truck at school to use whenever needed for hands on instruction.

“This truck will be housed at GAVC and they will still have access to a truck when they are not at the fire station,” Skube said. “They can also use it for events to demonstrate what they’ve learned.”

Skube said donations of these items will enhance the education of students.

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