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William Hak, left, and Amber Nordrum collate journals Tuesday for the Shelter House in Willmar during Monica Villars' service learning class at the Area Learning Center in Willmar. Students at the ALC say they like the safety of the environment and enjoy learning in smaller class sizes. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

ALC students find their niche through alternative learning

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The Willmar Area Learning Center offers a safe and smaller place to go to school, one of its students told the Willmar School Board.

"I can get more of a connection with teachers," a student identified as Ana said, and she feels safe there. "If there's a fight, they take care of it," she added.


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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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