Last week and this week, the Indian Hills Community College Centerville campus has hosted two groups of high school students from Chicago.

Thirty students from the David Speer Academy will make the trip to Centerville to learn about Indian Hills career and technical programs such as animal science, construction technology and landscape and turfgrass, which make up a new academic program at IHCC.

Noel Gorden, Dean of the Centerville campus, said the students will also be able to see the campus’ residence hall, greenhouse and Pat Daugherty Field as well as tour the house currently being constructed by the Construction Technology program.

The following week, an additional thirty students from City Incite, a Department of Labor BUILD program in inner-city Chicago, will be spending the night in the residence hall on campus. These visitors will tour campus and will also get a chance to see the farm the college operates, west of Centerville.

“I think of how I stare in wonderment when I go to Chicago,” Gorden said, “and I hope these students will have that same sense of wonder about our wide-open spaces, especially when they see our farm and the animals we have there. It’s a chance for us to show off our campus, which we are very proud of, and who knows, maybe some of these students will decide they would like to attend Indian Hills.”

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