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Gurnee-area eighth-graders get a Taste of College at CLC

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  • Samantha Bednarz uses optics to refract laser beams at the technology building at the College of Lake County. Twenty-three eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools participated in a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.

       Samantha Bednarz uses optics to refract laser beams at the technology building at the College of Lake County. Twenty-three eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools participated in a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Ben Boldt works with laser beams at the technology building at the College of Lake County. Twenty-three eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools participated in a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.

       Ben Boldt works with laser beams at the technology building at the College of Lake County. Twenty-three eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools participated in a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • College of Lake County Professor of Photonics Bill Kellerhals instructs eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools who attended a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.

       College of Lake County Professor of Photonics Bill Kellerhals instructs eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools who attended a Laser Photonics class as part of a program called Taste of College.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Andrea Avendano, left, Daisy Castrejon, Gisselle Gonzalez and Stacia Rice work with a hologram device at the College of Lake County.

       Andrea Avendano, left, Daisy Castrejon, Gisselle Gonzalez and Stacia Rice work with a hologram device at the College of Lake County.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 

Twenty-three eighth-graders from Woodland, Viking and River Trail schools got a chance to bend and manipulate light as they attended a class in photonics at the College of Lake County.

The program Taste of College, now in its eighth year, was formed by a partnership with the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce and Woodland Elementary District 50 and Gurnee Elementary District 56.

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Kids split into groups and played with different types of lasers set up by CLC Professor Bill Kellerhals.

Taste of College is targeted specifically for eighth-grade students who want to attend college in the future.

Classes included Directions in Business, Laser Photonics and The Power of Technology. Kids got a chance to explore various career opportunities that are available from their college choices.

The program was held Feb. 18 and 25 and March 4 at the College of Lake County, DeVry University and University Center.

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