A mentor and two students visit a gallery hosted by the COD art department.

Mentor matches from the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Link mentoring program enjoyed a visit to College of DuPage (COD) in October. According to Grace Harrington, prevention specialist, many high school students from the program were interested in touring the school and exploring potential fields of study.

The group stopped by most departments at the college; students seemed interested in engineering and medicine, especially nursing. They also enjoyed visiting the culinary department. “Our group was able to see people in classes decorating cake!” says Grace.

One student remarked, “The school was really big and I really liked it. I learned they have a lot of good classes to teach you about what you can be.”

The trip not only exposed students to the opportunities available at a local college, but gave mentors a chance to talk with their students about college and careers.

“I was very excited about our COD tour,” says Grace. “My goal is to expose kids to the idea of post-high school education so as they approach that stage in their lives, it will be less intimidating. I was so pleased COD was so welcoming to our group. They really seemed to care and invest in the students we brought.”