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



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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Calling All Former Staff Members

WACC Reunion Pic

Come and renew old friendships and share old memories, as the Whiteside Area Career Center gets together for its 50th Staff Reunion.  We will get started with an informal reception at the Woodlawn Arts Academy, 2807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling on Thursday, September 22nd from 5-8 pm.  The evening will include light appetizers, cake, and drinks.  This event is for current and past staff members of WACC.  To RSVP – please call 815-626-5810 or email John Gehrke at jgehrke@wacc.cc.

Please mark your calendars – we look forward to seeing you in September.

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Criminal Justice Wall of Honor

In celebration of Whiteside Area Career Center’s 50th Anniversary, the Criminal Justice Department wants to honor the past criminal justice students who have entered into a career in the Criminal Justice field or associated fields such as: Police Officer, Deputy, Trooper, Detective, DNR Officers, Forensic Science Tech/Investigator, Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Correctional Officer, Paralegal, Attorney, DCFS/LSSI counselor, Firefighter, Fire Marshall Investigator, and military members.

Bruce Luther, who is the Criminal Justice Instructor at Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) is creating a Wall of Honor for those individuals.  The wall will be located in the criminal justice classroom.  Mr. Luther would like to have a 5 x 7 photo of the past student in uniform or appropriate attire, a logo or shoulder patch of the organization they are a member of and their name, name of the department they are now with, how long they have been with the department and  the year they attended WACC Criminal Justice Class. This will be a continuous endeavor as to honor our local alumni who are proudly serving our communities and our country.

Please contact Mr. Luther at 815-626-5810 Ext: 212 (Week days in April to May 26th) 7:30 am to 8 am & 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm) or e-mail: bluther@wacc.cc if you have any questions.  If you are one of our honored students, send the information, photo and patch/logo to Whiteside Area Career Center, ATTN: Bruce Luther, 1608 5th Ave, Sterling, IL 61081.

Help us celebrate WACC and 50 years of providing real life skills to our local youth so they can be successful members of our communities.

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WACC Scholarships for 2015/2016

Scholarship Forms

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Summer Certified Nurse Aide Training Program

Whiteside Area Career Center Certified Nurse Aide Training Program June 13 – July 29, 2016 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 … Continue reading

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WACC Open House ~ November 10, 2015


Whiteside Area Career Center will host an open house on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. It will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Students, parents, future students, former students, and the public are invited to visit WACC to meet the instructors and learn about our programs.
Door prizes will be available.
More details to follow,
Open House will be at,
1608 5th Avenue,
Sterling IL

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Computer Tech Off To A Great Start

The students in Computer Tech have been extremely busy during the first four weeks. One half of the class started with the A+ curriculum, which is published by Testout Corp. The curriculum covers both hardware and software and prepares students … Continue reading

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ECE learns CPR

Mrs. Neubauer’s Early Childhood Education students had the opportunity to be trained in CPR and the defibulator in the month of September. Thank you to our former Health Occupation’s Teacher, Maggie Wike, for teaching us this lifesaving skill!

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