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



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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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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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