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April 30, 2014

Lessons show results

DANVILLE – About 150 high school students from across Danville Area Community College’s district who are enrolled in College Express showed off Tuesday what they’ve worked on this year.

DACC and Vermilion Vocational Delivery System (VVEDS) presented the College Express exhibition inside the Bremer Conference and Workforce Development Center. This was the fifth year for the exhibit.

The exhibit items were created by students in College Express’ computer networking, computer programming, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood development, electronics, graphic design, auto body/auto mechanics and welding programs.

The event showcased the students’ work, either as individual or as group projects. The students who participated in the exhibition represented Armstrong Township, Bismarck-Henning, Catlin, Danville, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Hoopeston Area, Jamaica, Milford, Oakwood and Westville high schools and Schlarman Academy.

“It shows what they’ve done throughout the year,” said Jona Bennett, who is in charge of special populations and student services.

In the lobby of the Bremer Center, College Express students lined up to sample the loaded nacho chips and homemade chocolate chip cookies, mini chocolate cupcakes and mini carrot cake cupcakes the culinary arts students made.

Westville High School student Dava Geltz served up the mini cupcakes with a smile.

“I love it,” she said of the program. “I love to cook and I’ve learned new things.”

Fellow culinary arts student Zaina Johnson of Hoopeston Area High School agreed that the program has been a good learning experience.

“I like it,” she said. “It’s taught me a lot about sanitation and cooking, but I like to bake the sweet stuff.”

Inside the Bremer Theatre, Hoopeston Area High School student Shelby Mayberry was trying to get some gooey “gak” off her hands. Shelby likened the “gak” to Silly Putty.

Also at the early childhood development table were plastic sandwich bags containing a colorful substance labeled “Rainbow Stew.”

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