Welcome to the Whiteside Area Career Center

The Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) is one of about sixty regional vocational systems in Illinois. The systems were organized in 1986-87 to coordinate and provide regional career and technical programming among its member, collect and report data to the Illinois State Board of Education, act as the flow-through of federal and state resources, and market career and technology education throughout its region.

WACC is governed by a Board of Control comprised of the superintendents from each member school district. At present, sixteen local public school districts and three private schools are members of this cooperative joint agreement.

Career and technical programming is provided at member high schools or at the Whiteside Area Career Center. Occupational clusters include agricultural occupations, business and related occupations, family and consumer sciences, health occupations and industrial/technical occupations.

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

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Welcome Message, 2015/2016

On behalf of the teachers and staff at the Whiteside Area Career Center, I want to welcome you to a new and exciting school year. The first day for students at WACC is Tuesday August 18, 2015. We are once again excited about a new school year and want to mention the addition of some new staff. First, Jerry Binder has been hired in the position of Assistant Director. In this role, Jerry will assume duties that are similar to a school principal. Jerry will be splitting time at WACC and with Sterling Schools for the coming year. Mrs. Pat Gaumer has been hired as the new Health Occupations (CNA) instructor. Pat brings with her many years of nursing and training experience. We are all excited to have Pat join us. As much as we love saying hi to new staff, we had to say goodbye to a few staff. Jill Weber resigned at the end of the last school year and we will surely miss her. Our Director, Kim Purvis, has decided to resign to spend more time with family and her family’s farming business. Kim led WACC through many improvements, over the past few years, and will be missed. In Kim’s absence, Paula Rademacher will move from assistant director to director.

Like last year we saw many improvements at WACC. The street (5th Avenue) and sidewalks, in front of the building have been totally replaced and upgraded. Landscaping took place and it looks fantastic. It will also be a huge safety improvement for students crossing the street. The brand new commercial kitchen for our Culinary Arts program was completed and the class was thrilled to get cooking with the new equipment. This year, more new doors have been installed. There was a buzzer system put into place so visitors and students now have to be ‘buzzed’ in when entering WACC. This was a long overdue safety requirement for the building. The new conference room, which is adjacent to the new Culinary Arts area, was remodeled for hosting meetings for both WACC and public functions. This year the improvements kept coming. All the drop ceilings have been replaced by Bob Miller, our maintenance director. The hallways have received a fresh coat of paint. Many light fixtures have been replaced with energy efficient ones. Paul Bellows has done a fantastic job at getting all the rooms and floors prepared for the coming school year.

Once again, the technology at WACC continues to improve. We are now connected to the iFiber Network which allowed us to upgrade our bandwidth to accommodate more online resources. Mr. Fellows and Joel Wetzell, a recently graduated student, have continued the process of replacing the old network wiring in the building with state of the art wiring and equipment. And finally, the computer technology class has upgraded all the workstations to new Bytespeed Computers.

As always we look forward to a great 2015/2016 school year.

Dana Fellows

Computer Technology Instructor / Director of Technology

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Career Quest 2015

Whiteside Area Career Center will hosted over 1000 eighth graders, from most of the local middle schools, at our annual Career Quest on April 29, 30, and May 1. Career Quest is a showcase of WACC programs, and the careers … Continue reading

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WACC Students do Outstanding in Welding Competition

Whiteside Area Career Center Welding students competed in the 9th Annual High School Welding Competition at Midwest Technical Institute in Moline, IL on April 9, 2015. The competition brought together over 40 junior and senior high school and career/vocational school students from the Quad City Area. Competitors were tested specifically on their ability to weld out of position (uphill, horizontal, and flat) using 7018 rod or equivalent. A written exam covering basic welding knowledge was also given.

WACC students took 1st through 6th place, and 8th and 9th place out of the top 10 spots with three students taking home trophies and prize money: Michael Koster (Sterling High School) placed 1st, Drew Burger (Newman High School) placed 2nd and Sam Wike (Sterling High School) placed 3rd. In addition, Josh Adams (Sterling High School) had the best score on the written test and Stephen Geiger (Sterling High School) won the door prize.

The competition was a great learning experience for the students as well as an opportunity to promote welding as an important and in-demand part of today’s competitive job market.

Congratulations to Mr. Bierdeman and all of the students on a job well done!

2015-Welding-MTI-Top_Ten
Pictured L to R: Stephen Geiger (Sterling HS), ?, Dalton Kepner (Sterling HS), Micheal Koster (Sterling HS), Drew Burger (Newman HS), Sam Wike (Sterling HS), Kyler Beck (Sterling HS), Josh Adams (Sterling HS), ?, Ryan Wiersema (Morrison HS)

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End of Winter Break is here

The end of Winter Break is January 5. The teachers and staff at WACC are want to welcome back all the students for a great second half of the school year.

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Whiteside Area Career Center ~ Open House 2014

Whiteside Area Career Center will host an open house on Monday, November 10th. It will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Students, parents, and the public are invited to visit WACC to meet the instructors and learn about our programs.
Door prizes will be available.

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Kiddie Kampus Happenings

The Kiddie Kampus Preschoolers ended their week of learning about Letter “C” by making cars out of boxes. The Early Childhood Education Students helped the preschoolers create their awesome cars and had them “drive “their cars through the WACC office … Continue reading

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Whiteside Area Career Center’s Computer Tech students featured in national certification magazine.

Whiteside Area Career Center’s Computer Tech students featured in national certification magazine.

Certification Magazine

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Whiteside County United Way Chili Cook Off

Whiteside County United Way Chili Cook Off Both the CEO and Food Service Programs from WACC entered the Annual Whiteside County United Way Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 11th. The CEO program’s theme was Under Construction and the Food … Continue reading

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