Recently I had the privilege of visiting with Debbie Jensen at Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education (BPACE). We first stopped by the Cosmetology building to meet one of Debbie’s mentees, Judy Christopher. While we were there, Judy and another teacher asked about having a SmartBoard in their classrooms and learning more. The interest was sparked by a recent OTAN workshop earlier in the month.
Then it was on to meet Director Dr. John Kerr, who is very supportive of Debbie’s TIMAC project. He invited us to visit the new culinary arts building, which has its grand opening in a couple of weeks.
We went back to Debbie’s classroom where we met another mentee, Mark Steimle. Mark wants help in creating video podcasts of his lectures and then posting them to a Web site.
Debbie then gave me a tour of their main campus and several computer labs. Afterwards, it was off to the Automotive Center where we met another mentee, Alma Rodriguez, who shared the Web site she has been working on with Debbie. She gave us a tour of the Automotive Center and introduced us to instructor David Grier who demonstrated some of the new equipment with the help of a couple of students.
Our final destination was the new BPACE Culinary Arts building next door. In the first kitchen, we were overwhelmed with the spread of food dishes students had been creating in class. They were very proud of their creations and even invited us to stay for dinner. In the next kitchen, we found students working on a gingerbread display, which included the Eiffel Tower.
The day ended with a short discussion of Debbie’s TIMAC Project Plans. It was exciting to see the progress Debbie has made on her project and the enthusiasm of her mentees. It is always thrilling to see a project evolve and the enthusiasm snowball throughout the group.