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

Welcome Message 2014/2015 School Year

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 August 19, 2014. We are once again excited about a new school year and want to mention the addition of some new staff. First Paula Rademacher has been hired in a new position of Assistant Director. In this role, Paula will assume duties that are similar to a school principal. Jill Weber has been hired as the new Health Occupations (CNA) instructor. Jill brings with her many years of nursing and teaching experience. We are all excited to have Jill join us. As much as we love saying hi to new staff, we had to say goodbye to a few staff. Maggie Wike retired at the end of the last school year and we will surely miss her. The technology assistant position that Mindy Costello worked at was cut due to budget cuts. WACC will miss Mindy’s upbeat personality and all the help that she provided to the students and staff.

Like last year, you will see some improvements this year at WACC. The street (5th Avenue) and sidewalks, in front of the building have been totally replaced and upgraded. Landscaping has taken 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 has been completed and the class is thrilled to get cooking with the new equipment. New windows and doors in the front of the building have been installed. There will be a buzzer system in place so visitors and students will have to be ‘buzzed’ in when entering WACC. This was a long overdue safety requirement for the building. Finally a new conference room, which is adjacent to the new Culinary Arts area, has been remodeled for hosting meetings for both WACC and public functions.

The technology at WACC continues to improve. We are now connected to the iFiber Network which allows us to upgrade our bandwidth as needed. Mr. Fellows and Joel Wetzell, a recently graduated student, have replaced the network wiring in the east half of the building with state of the art wiring and equipment. This will allow for more dependable Internet and network connections for students and staff at WACC.

Dana Fellows
Computer Technology Instructor / Director of Technology

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End of Year Message

Dear Student, Parents, and other stakeholders:

It is hard to believe that we have now completed another year at the Whiteside Area Career Center. Over the past year, we have been witness to the dedication and perseverance of our students in their chosen fields of study which has resulted in many new and fulfilling achievements. Some of these achievements include:

  • We had 98% of our CNA students pass the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam.
  • Over sixty Information Technology certifications were earned by students in Computer Technology covering PC Repair, Networking, and Network Security.
  • The building trades program finished a complete rehab of a home.
  • Sixteen students earned the Illinois Food Sanitation Certification.
  • Over 100 students completed internships which lead to full-time employment for many of them.
  • Hundreds of college credits were awarded to students, saving them tens of thousands of dollars in college tuition.

All of our students’ achievements could not be possible without the support they receive from all members of our school communities and the cooperation of everyone involved. Thank you to the administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, and support staff who work tirelessly to make learning at WACC a positive endeavor. Thank you also to all our parents and guardians who support our students in so many ways. Whether you attended our open house, help and encourage with their school work, or provided early rides to catch the bus to WACC.

As we have wrapped up another school year at WACC, let us not forget that learning is an everyday experience, for the rest of our lives. High School may be over for some and others might only have one more year of high school left, but each of us, no matter your age, we will continue to learn on a daily basis. Please take some time to reflect on the students achievements, this past year at WACC. I hope that everyone can take some time this summer to relax and get rejuvenated as you move toward the future.

Dana Fellows

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Cupcake Wars

The Commercial Food Service students have recently competed in a contest to bake the best cupcake using a secret ingredient.  This year’s secret ingredient was cinnamon.  After much deliberation, a winner was chosen and it is our bakers from Block … Continue reading

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April 2014 Students of the Month

Many congratulations to our April 2014 Students of the Month!

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March 2014 Students of the Month

The Whiteside Area Career Center would like to acknowledge and congratulate our March 2014 Students of the Month!

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February 2014 Students of the Month

Many congratulations to our February 2014 Students of the Month!

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Annual WACC Career Quest

Whiteside Area Career Center will host over 1000 eighth graders, from most of the local middle schools, at our annual Career Quest on April 30, May 1, and May 2. Career Quest is a showcase of WACC programs, and the … Continue reading

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WACC Student Wins Veterinary Medicine Scholarship

Kirsti McNeece, an Allied Health student from Morrison, recently won the Dr. Frank Densmore D.V.M. Scholarship through the Dixon Noon Lion’s Club.  In order to qualify for this $1000.00 scholarship, Kirsti filled out an application, wrote a paper, and turned … Continue reading

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