Fairplex Snapshot: Auto students visit Mecum Auctions

TLC CTEC mecum2 Fairplex Snapshot: Auto students visit Mecum AuctionsLast weekend auto students from The Learning Centers at Fairplex had the opportunity to visit the Mecum Auctions show taking place at Fairplex.

One of the things that make The Learning Centers at Fairplex programs unique is the amount of real-world experiences we are able to provide through our year-round events and on-campus happenings.

It was good for our auto students to step out of the workshop and take a look at a different aspect of the car industry. Special thanks to our teachers and to Mecum for working to make this happen!

Shop for books at the Child Development Center!

It’s here! The Child Development Center’s annual Scholastic Book Fair is open all week!

Fairplex TLC bookfair Shop for books at the Child Development Center! Potential holiday gifts, all ready for you!

Shop for books of all ages, gift baskets, stuffed animals and other holiday fun at the Child Development Center at Fairplex! Skip the crowds of Barnes & Nobles and the delivery hassles of online shopping, and start right here at Fairplex for your holiday gifts. Purchases help support the Child Development Center library.

The book fair is open noon – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday of this week. Come through!

For more information about the Child Development Center at Fairplex, along with other programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Meet our new Child Development Center Program Director!

Fairplex TLC CDCDirector 243x300 Meet our new Child Development Center Program Director! We’re pleased to announce our new Child Development Center (CDC) program director: Mrs. Alexis Luby Gordillo!

Alexis has been a teacher and educational leader at the CDC for ten years.

We’re excited to welcome her into this new role and we look forward to seeing the CDC thrive under her leadership. Congratulations Alexis!

To learn more about the Child Development Center at Fairplex, along with other programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Support students this #GivingTuesday

Fairplex TLC givingtuesday stacked Support students this #GivingTuesdayIt’s #GivingTuesday! Help support students of The Learning Centers at Fairplex with a contribution towards our non-profit programs.

The Learning Centers at Fairplex provides early education, youth leadership, high school career technology, hands-on agricultural and cultural field trip experiences to the local community.

Our students are inspired to grow, learn and excel in many pathways, interests and pursuits.

Fairplex TLC cdc Support students this #GivingTuesdaySince 2015 we have helped nearly 1,000 high school students find their passion in our career tech program, educated over 560 early education students, awarded $60,000 in youth leadership scholarships and hosted hundreds of thousands of students through our field trip offerings.

Fairplex TLC ctec Support students this #GivingTuesdayAs you prepare for the holiday season we’d also like you to think of the future, and the students who have yet to come through our doors. Help us help our students here.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you to our donors!

Our auto education fundraising campaign ended last Friday and the results are in!

thank you Thank you to our donors! Thanks to our generous donors, we raised a total of $43,715 for the Alex Xydias and Pete Chapouris Center for the Automotive Arts! AXC, as the program is referred to, is a two-year program preparing high school students for a career in the automotive industry.

Donations from this campaign will go towards tuition fees, field trip costs and automotive equipment for our classes.

For more information on our auto program, and other non-profit programs, please visit TLCFairplex.org.

Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is gearing up for a special challenge benefiting current and future students of our automotive program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo2 1024x682 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Now – Oct. 20th every dollar donated to our auto education program (The Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts) will be matched for up to $45,000 donated. That means we have the potential to raise up to $90,000 for this life-changing program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo1 1024x678 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Funds raised will cover numerous expenses like tuition fees, field trip costs and automotive equipment. In addition to this, we’re pleased to announce that our new welding program has been added, giving our students yet another pathway into the automotive industry.

To support our auto education program with a matched gift, please call (909) 865-4205 or click here. We thank you for your support!

Fairplex Snapshot: Auto Class Graduation

The Career & Technical Education Center at Fairplex provides students with real-life skills for a variety of industries, including the auto industry.

Yesterday we had the privilege of saying congratulations to 16 graduates of the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), who have successfully completed our extensive two-year auto program.

The class of 2017 is our biggest yet, and each student is certified in one or more areas of the industry. We’re very proud of all they have accomplished and wish them well as they continue their endeavors in the field!

To learn more about our auto program, and other learning opportunities with The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Fairplex Snapshot: Scooper Bowl

We’re celebrating our Career & Technical Education (CTEC) students this evening at the annual Scooper Bowl Fundraiser and Showcase in the Farm at Fairplex!

Our art students have created beautiful hand-made ceramic bowls this semester, which will be available for sale for $15. Once purchased, guests can fill their bowl with all-you-can-eat ice cream and check out the rest of the showcase.

Our high school students have worked hard all semester on various projects, ranging from the automotive arts to fashion design to horticulture. It’s always inspiring to see the talent and dedication these students and their teachers spend learning new skills.

The Scooper Bowl is happening now – 6 p.m. so stop by if you can! Parking available through Gate 12.

To learn more about the Career & Technical Education Center, click here.

To learn more about The Learning Centers at Fairplex in general, including our other community and educational programs, click here.

Summer Learning at Fairplex

For us, summer is the start of our busy season. We’re in full Fair mode, getting ready for September. But that’s not our only focus during these months — it wouldn’t be Fairplex if there wasn’t an educational component happening too! Here are some of our summer learning programs for all ages:

Fairplex TLC ceramics Summer Learning at Fairplex Career & Technical Education Classes: Our Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) is offering summer courses for high school students, beginning in June. Students can take advantage of a number of programs, including courses in 2D design, ceramics, culinary skills and the auto entry. View full class descriptions and information about applying here.

Photography Classes: We’ve partnered with Feel the Touch Photography for summer photography classes at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, May 23 5 – 7 p.m. at the gallery and learn more about this program. More information can be found at feelthetouchphotographyclasses.com.

Palates & Palettes Wine & Paint Night (21+): Okay so this one might be a little more fun than education-based, but it’s still a chance to learn! Our wine & paint nights feature a different artist each month, and art classes are led by a professional instructor. Guests can indulge in wine and food inspired by the featured artist’s hometown, while learning to paint one of his/her great works. Learn more here.

Family Art Workshops: While most of our workshops are fully booked, we encourage you to get on the waiting list for our popular Family Workshops! Held once a month at the Millard Sheets Art Center, these workshops give children and their parents the opportunity to create something together, while learning a bit about art history. Our final session takes place in June and draws inspiration from John Svenson. Learn about Tlingit Indians art, look at examples of their art and talk about how it influenced Svenson’s work! Learn more here

Farm Workshops: Our Farm team works hard to provide the local community with free learning opportunities, from field trips to gardening workshops to partnerships with other organizations. Stay tuned for information on upcoming events! To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex, click here.

To learn more about our educational opportunities, visit us at TLCFairplex.org. See you this summer!