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Alumni invited to share ACES experience with youth

URBANA, IL -- 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 on July 13-14.

ACES Family Academies allows ACES alumni to share their Illinois experience with their children, grandchildren, or friends. This 1 ½-day educational experience allows youth to explore the ACES campus, attend engaging classes showcasing the variety of career paths available through ACES, and ultimately enjoy time with their family members 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 Academy is well organized and the participants really feel welcomed. My grandson and I had a ball!”

A variety of classes will be offered this summer, including Paper Airplanes and Drones in Ag, Build a Better Brain, Your Nose Talks to Your Tongue, Man’s Best Friend, Fun with LEGO Mindstorms Robots, and Youth Fighting Poverty Through Hunger Ambassadors.

“The classes were both fun and educational. What a fantastic introduction to encourage college life in my grandson’s future and to help alums like myself 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 now until June 16. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

For more information, visit or contact the ACES Alumni Association at 217-333-7744.