Students take learning beyond the classroom at Caterpillar Visitors Center

By WEEK Producer

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Learning went beyond the classroom on Tuesday for some local high school students.

More than 70 students took part in a learning exchange at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

Students got a look of different careers in agriculture and manufacturing. They also had the chance to put what they have learned in the classroom to the test, taking part in both written and practical exams.

"Students need more than just written exams to test their abilities,” Andrew Bowman of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. “We all know that gets boring from time to time. There are too many jobs and too many needs in agriculture and manufacturing for us no to take the next step beyond the classroom."

This is the first year for the exchange. Organizers hope to expand it across the state.

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