Over 50% of high school students in the VALEES region are enrolled in at least one Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. CTE programs engage students in rigorous, complex, problem-based learning experiences. Students in CTE courses build academic skills, develop technical work-based skills and knowledge, including critically important employability skills, and thoughtfully consider career pathways along their journey to their future careers. Over 60% of the jobs in the U.S. require workers with technical skills.
Partnerships are critically important in today's rapidly changing world. VALEES has collaborative partnerships with 21 secondary schools in the region, colleges and universities, regional and state offices of education, and numerous business partners and organizations who provide valuable advice and consultation in each CTE program area.
Teachers and graduates of Newark High School and Oswego High School shared their ideas with educators from across the country at the National Career Pathways Network conference. Their groundbreaking work focuses on ways to empower students to discover their talents and pursue their passion in meaningful career pathways through the Living miDream process (www.livingmidream.net).
Presenters at the NCPN conference were: Carol Navarro, Newark High School science teacher, Hannah Riehle-Moeller, Newark alumnus and culinary arts student at Joliet Junior College; Marie Strejc-Wood, graphic communications teacher at Oswego High School, OHS alumni Nelly Thom, attending Full Sail University, Orlando, and Dylan Zimmerman, attending Tribeca-Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, Chicago; and Roger Sanders, Director, Valley Education for Employment System.
Nelly Thom was the 2014 Graphics Student of the Year award recipient in the VALEES region. She is a senior enrolled in Graphic Communications at Oswego High School and will be attending Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL.
Recipients of the Burgess Norton scholarship are Hector Perez, East Aurora High School, and Michael Potvin, Kaneland High School/Fox Valley Career Center.
Mr. Perez will be studying Mechanical Engineering at IIT, and Mr. Potvin will be attending Waubonsee Community College as a General Studies major with an interest in Automotive Technology and Green Energy. Mr. Brett Vasseur, BN President, presented the scholarships at the BN Corporate Office in Geneva, IL.
For information on scholarship recipients click here.
College and Career Readiness is critically important for all our students. Waubonsee Community College has launched an initiative to promote discussions among high school and college professionals to ensure opportnties for student success.