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
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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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!
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 … Continue reading →
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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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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!
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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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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