ACES alumni opportunity to bring youth to “college”

University of Illinois Extension Submitted by: Connie Beck, County Extension Director of Unit #24


University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) alumni are encouraged to register to attend ACES Family Academies with their young Illini fans ages 8 to 13. The one-and-a-half-day event will take place July 7-8.
ACES Family Academies allows ACES alumni to share their Illinois experience with their child, grandchild, or friend. This educational experience allows youth to explore the ACES campus, attend classes showcasing the variety of career paths available through ACES, and ultimately enjoy time with their family member learning more about the world around them.
“I would recommend this program to all ACES graduates because of the opportunity to return to campus and act like a student again while participating in exciting new learning experiences along with your grandchildren or children,” says Randy Sims, a 1969 agricultural economics alum. “ACES Family Academies is well organized and the participants really feel welcomed. My grandson and I had a ball.”
Some of the classes that will be offered are: Paper Airplanes and Drones in Agriculture; Food Challenge; Man’s Best Friend; Wonderful World of Agribusiness; and Global Crop Failure Crisis! How Can You Be a Part of the Solution?
“The classes are both fun and educational. What a fantastic introduction to encourage college life in my grandson’s future and to help alums like myself to reconnect with the University of Illinois campus,” says Jerry Benjamin, a 1965 agricultural economics alum.
To register for this year’s ACES Family Academies, visit Registration is open until May 15 for ACES alumni. Space is limited. Registration will open if space allows for non-alumni from May 15 to June 1.
For more information, visit or contact the ACES Alumni Association at 217-333-7744.