Officials from Danville Area Community College and Hoopeston will gather Monday to open a new classroom complex in that community.
The development of the satellite building, which will offer a variety of courses through DACC, should should both Hoopeston and the college well.
The site allows students in the northern part of DACC’s district to access classes easier and not have to spend so much on gasoline to do it. With costs associated with any post-high school training continuing to increase, saving fuel on the daily 40-mile or so round trip from Hoopeston to DACC’s main campus will help students’ wallets a bit.
That ease of accessibility also might serve as incentive for more students and non-traditional students to at least give DACC classes a try. With today’s jobs requiring more and more skills from workers, every opportunity to improve those skills will help not only those taking the classes but their communities as well.
DACC officials deserve credit for a willingness to reach beyond the traditional campus situation to make it easier for students to learn. The college initially had classrooms downtown for sometime, and now maintains a site within the Village Mall so students who might find it difficult for whatever reason to get to the main campus have an alternative site to consider.
The new Hoopeston site is sure to be a hit with students and the community alike. It’s a great addition to DACC’s arsenal for providing an education to its communities.