Whiteside Area Career Center Turns 50!!!

Planning for Whiteside County Vocational High School began in 1965. Whiteside County Vocational High School became the first area vocational school in the state of Illinois as it officially opened its doors at the beginning of the 1966-67 school year with Erie, Fulton, Lyndon, Morrison, Newman, Prophetstown, Sterling and Tampico as the original eight participating high schools.

In 1969 the cooperative was reorganized into the Whiteside Area Vocational Center (WAVC) with Rock Falls, Polo, Milledgeville and Thomson becoming additional members.

Additional school districts were added to the membership during the 1970¹s and 1980¹s bringing the membership to eighteen by the end of the 1980’s. In 1987 control of WAVC was transitioned to the Whiteside Regional Vocational System Board of Control. Consolidations of the mid 1990’s reduced the membership to seventeen high schools and when Ashton and Franklin Center consolidated in 2004, that number dropped to sixteen high schools.

Name Change
On July 1, 2001 the name of Whiteside Area Vocational Center (WAVC) was officially changed to the Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC). Members and participants of WACC presently (2016) include Amboy, Bureau Valley, Dixon, Eastland, Erie, Forreston, Ashton-Franklin Center (AFC), Fulton, Milledgeville, Morrison, Ohio, Oregon, Polo, Prophetstown, Rock Falls, Sterling, Newman Catholic, Sterling Christian, Unity Christian, and Faith Christian.

Our Mission:
WACC Educates Effectively, so Students Learn Successfully, to Live Productively




Whiteside Area Career Center

Summer Certified Nurse Aide Training Program
June 5 – July 28, 2017

Course Description: Upon completion of the state required minimum 120 hours (80 hr. Lecture and 40 hr. Clinical) you will be eligible to take the state exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. Tuition cost of $1,000 must be paid before class begins.

Lecture ** 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Clinical ** 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Limited number of seats open!
  • Tuition cost is $1,000 – includes all books and test fees
  • Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis when tuition is paid.
  • CPR provided
  • Must have proof of a *2 step mantoux* TB Test prior to starting clinical in July.
  • You need to provide scrubs for clinical. They need to be Royal Blue or Navy Blue. All white shoes and a watch with a second hand also needed for clinicals.
  • You will not need your scrubs until the first day of clinical in July.
  • Only other materials needed: black pen and notebook paper.

Attendance is mandatory to all in order to meet the CNA state requirements to take your state exam.

To enroll, call the Whiteside Area Career Center at (815) 626-5810, or stop by our office at 1608 Fifth Avenue, Sterling, IL 61081.

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WACC Scholarships

WACC Scholarship applications are now available online at wacc.cc/scholarships. The deadline to submit completed applications is March 24, 2017. Please see your instructor or stop in the WACC office with any questions.

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Building Trades Instructor Opening

Building Trades Instructor

WACC is currently looking for qualified applicants to teach Building Trades.

Salary/Benefits:  Salary ranges between $36,900 and $55,000 dependent upon teaching experience and/or education. Teacher retirement paid in full. Partially paid individual and/or family insurance available.

Duties:  Candidates are responsible for Building Trades instruction of high school juniors and seniors at the Career Center. The Building Trades curriculum is designed to teach students the basic skills necessary to enter the construction field. Topics include: both carpentry and basic electrical wiring, construction safety procedures, hand and power tool operation, foundations, sub-flooring, framing, roofs, stairs and basic house construction and codes, residential supply and waste plumbing, and HVAC systems are also introduced.

Qualifications:  Qualified candidates will need certification as required by the state of Illinois – 1) Professional Educator License (PEL) for Secondary Education, and appropriate endorsements for Technology Education (2,000 HRS work experience in the field) OR 2) CTE Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) Endorsement (8,000 HRS work experience in the field).

Start Date: 8/1/2017

For more information please call or email Paula Rademacher. 815-626-5810 or prademacher@wacc.cc

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October Students of the Month

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month


Patrick Dertz

Eastland High School

Auto Service


Cristina Boyd

AFC High School

Early Childhood Education


Michael Quick

Sterling High School

Auto Service


Tiffany Lamp

Fulton High School

Health Occupations


Haley Monier

Ohio High School

Digital Media Arts


Jarrett Ruchotzke

Morrison High School

Welding & Manufacturing Tech.


Courtney Seagren

Dixon High School

Allied Health


Cedric Escalante

Sterling High School

Building Trades


Brendan McAlvey

Bureau Valley High School

Criminal Justice


Michael Eastwood

Bureau Valley High School

Culinary Arts


Matthew Fawkes

Amboy High School

Computer Technology

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September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month


Matthew Sheley

Sterling High School

Culinary Arts


Cody Littlejohn

Fulton High School

Welding & Manufacturing Tech.


Kody Schmitto

AFC High School

Auto Service


Shianne Warner

Faith Christian High School

Digital Media Arts


Jacob Hartman

Fulton High School

Computer Technology


John Anderson

Morrison High School

Building Trades


Shelbie Preston

Eastland High School

Criminal Justice


Dylan Barron

Rock Falls High School

Health Occupations


Lakyn Waldschmidt

Newman High School

Allied Health


Jaedyn Rager

Forreston High School

Early Childhood Education


Jeremiah Green

Forreston High School

Auto Service

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Multicraft Technology Program & Multicraft Extended Internship Program

Multicraft Technology Program & Multicraft Extended Internship Program at SVCC

As manufacturers continue to battle the growing skills gap, local educators and manufacturers have joined to address the problem and make a difference. Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) and Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) have joined with 10 manufacturing businesses to develop the the Multicraft Extended Internship Program (MEIP).

The MEIP provides an outstanding opportunity for select students to obtain valuable work experience, and get paid, while earning their two year AAS degree in the Multicraft Technology Program at SVCC. Ten local businesses have partnered with SVCC to offer part-time positions for students so they can apply what they are learning in the classroom to the job site. Currently, participating companies include Crest Foods (Ashton), Borg Warner and Spectrum Brands (Dixon), Fulton Corp and Timken Drives (Fulton), E.D. Etnyre (Oregon), Genesis III (Prophetstown) and ASTEC Mobile Screens, FRANTZ Manufacturing Company, Walmart Distribution Center (all in Sterling).

Area high school students can take advantage of the Welding and Manufacturing Technology program as WACC in order to get a jumpstart on the program.

Additional information about the Multicraft Extended Internship Program can be found at: https://www.svcc.edu/academics/programs/manufacturing-technology/multicraft-technology/meip.html.

For further information about the MIAB contact John Gvozdjak at 815.625.7063, and for information about the Muliticraft Extended Internship Program contact John Mandrell,  Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College, at 815.835.6344, or Paula Rademacher, Director, Whiteside Area Career Center, at 815.626.5810.


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50th Staff Reunion


Just a reminder – the WACC 50th Staff Reunion is tomorrow – Thursday 9/22 from 5-8 p.m. at Woodlawn Arts Academy.  Stop by, catch up with old friends, and share memories.  We hope to see you there!

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