Ameren Illinois visited the GAVC Electricity class on April 28. They talk to the students about the importance of electrical and gas safety. Students were able to talk to a Electrician about his experiences and advice on how to enter the field. Amere demonstrated some of the tool used on the job and how to climbing a power pole.
Trooper Jason Wilson of the Illinois State Police visited the Law Enforcement class and brought a ISP Golf Cart and set up an obstacle course in the GHS parking lot where my students wore drunk goggles and had to maneuver through cones. These drunk goggles were registered at a alcohol concentration of 0.16. This is well above the legal limit of .08 in IL. This course of instruction was to simulate the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol. It was very difficult to get through the course without striking some cones. Some students could not believe how just a little bit of blurred vision affected their ability to drive.
The end of the year is winding down and so are clinicals. We only have two and half weeks left at Seminary Manor. Most of the students have completed and passed all but 2 of the state mandated skills. They are now busy at Seminary Manor performing many skills as CNA’s. They have learned to perform many tasks and functions as CNAs in the workplace. It’s been very exciting watching them grow as professionals in the health care field. Several of the students have applied at Seminary Manor to work as “Resident Assistants”. Once they complete and pass the State of Illinois CNA competency exam, they will be employed as Certified Nursing Assistants. The students are very excited and are becoming very comfortable working in the skilled nursing facility.
Mr. Kellogg, the director of the Criminal Justice program at CSC recently visited the Law Enforcement class to share with students the benefits of continuing a career in law enforcement and the opportunity available to them at Carl Sandburg College following graduation.
Culinary Occupations held the first Burger Bash April 22nd. The students created three really tasty and creative burgers! After learning about beef, they had to decide what went best together in the burger and on top. We were honored to have judges come from central office and the high school to give us their opinion and see us in action. If you ask the students this would be one of their favorite activities this year as most had not had any experience working with grills and hand making burgers, they were all fantastic! The winners of the competition were Stephanie Wickline, Jeaniece Kimbrough, and Christine Wickline. It was a close race as all were within a few points of each other. We will be finishing the year up with our baking unit which includes bread, pastries, cake, chocolate, and cookies.
Law Enforcement students enjoyed a recent a K-9 Demonstration with Officer Lane Mings and his partner K-9 Ajax, and officer Kwan Cheunk. Officer Mings explained the many hours of training at the Illinois State Police Academy for both him and Ajax to become certified. Students were able to observe different scenarios Ajax is called into with the Galesburg Police Department.
Congratulation to Sylvia Chavez of Galesburg High School as being selected as the March GAVC Student of the Month. Sylvia is enrolled in Intro to Law Enforcement.