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JCC Students Return from Ten-Day Excursion in New Orleans

The Jefferson Community College (JCC) Broader Horizons club and members of two English classes (southern literature and composition class and writing literary nonfiction class) spent ten days in New Orleans, Louisiana for an excursion study program led by Christine M. Grimes-Topping, assistant professor of English at JCC. This is the second year JCC students have had the opportunity to learn on location while studying literature in the South. The excursion study program pairs classroom time with travel learning.

While in the Big Easy, JCC students attended classes held at the University of New Orleans, took historical and literary tours tailored to material discussed in the classroom, and spent a day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity rebuilding a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Students immersed themselves in an unfamiliar culture by taking part in a French Quarter scavenger hunt, witnessing a jazz wedding parade in Jackson Mall, and dining aboard Steamboat Natchez for a dinner jazz cruise. Additionally, the trip provided many ‘first time’ experiences for students, some of whom had never traveled on plane, outside of New York State, or without family. The excursion study program is an experience JCC students won’t forget!

The excursion study program was made possible in part through the Chester Lee Family Travel Grant, JCC student government and student fundraising.

(l–r): Carlton D. Fisher, College staff member; Gregory J. LaDuke, Watertown; Caleb A. Ragan, Watertown; Danielle Sacca, Watertown; Lindsay R. Shippee, Watertown; Sabrina R. Cummins, Deferiet; Nancy M. Lear, College staff member; Kelly S. Nichols, Chaumont; Brenda L. Parent, Dexter.

Missing from photo: Christine M. Grimes-Topping, assistant professor of English at JCC and trip coordinator.