Career and Technical Education - Leading the Way
Valley Education for Employment System


career pathways



Celebrating Arts and Ideas at Aurora University is in its ninth season offering free of charge opportunities to hear from and interact with nationally recognized experts, artists, and local talent as they introduce compelling ideas.

Reservations are required. To register or to be added to the Arts and Ideas mailing list, visit auartsandideas.com, email artsandideas@aurora.edu or call 630-844-4924.


Students and teachers discover who they are, their career interests, and personal pathways as they create compelling and emotinally engaging digital stories. Living miDream engages students using a high tech/high touch process. This strategy builds reflective thinking, promotes goal setting,creativity and develops digital literacy. VALEES is sponsoring aLiving miDream pilot project involving students and teachers from Indian Valley Vocational Cengter, Kaneland High School, Oswego / Oswego East High Schools, Newark High School, and Serena High School. Click here for additional infomration about Living miDream.

Pilot project participants registration form click here.
Edutopia Learning Styles survey click here.

Career Pathways
Expo 2014

CAREER PATHWAY EXPO 2014: Waubonsee Community College hosted the annual Career Pathway Expo on October 3, 2014. This event provides students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of career pathways and avenues at WCC to pursue their career interests. Students are able to select specific pathways they wish to explore and see first-hand what skills they will need to master in order to pursue their career interests. Over 400 students, counselors, and teachers participate in this one-day event.

Informational flyer click here.

"Did You Know?"
Manufacturing Careers
October 2014

The" DID YOU KNOW?" Manufacturing Career Awareness Event is being redesigned for 2014.

Manufacturers in the Valley Industrial Association area are opening their doors for students to visit. This will provide a first-hand look for students to see what a 21st century manufacturing environment looks like and to hear from industry leaders about employment opportunities and expectations. Details are still being developed, however, October 30 or 31 are target dates for regional field trips. VALEES will handle registration logistics and will provide additional information as it becomes available.


Melissa Tassone is the 2013 Graphics Student of the Year for the VALEES region. Melissa is a Graphic Communications student at Indian Valley Vocational Center. Her home school is Sandwish High School. Graphics Student of the Year candidates present their professional portfolio and interview with a selection panel comprised of business representatives and educatiors in the VALEES region. You can find out more about Melissa on Facebook at Melissa Tassone Photography. Also pictured are (left to right) Bernie Loone, VALEES Director; Jane Wolf, IVVC Assistant Director; Melissa Tassone; and Jackie Dannewitz, IVVC Graphic Communications Instructor.

blue magnet Accounting, Business Techology, Marketing, and Counselorsvisited Blue Magnet Interactive, an internet marketing company that caters to the hospitality industry. Blue Magnet's blog educates clients about their services and would be a great resource for educators to gain a better understanding of online marketing. This article on Search Engine Optimization is an excellent overview of online marketing strategies.
IETC 2013
Nov. 13-15
Springfield, IL
Illinois Education and Technology Conference 2132 will be Nov.13-15, 2013 at the Crown Plaza HotelinSpringfieldl, Illinois. Conference agenda and regisration information can be found by clicking here.
West Aurora Teaming With Harvard On Careers Study West Aurora School District is teaming with Harvard and the Jobs for the Future program to assess employers' needs in the Aurora area in an effort to help prepare students as they explore career pathways. Harvard researchers will be studying the job market and industries in the area with the idea of better facilitating seconday and post-secondary curricula to match skills in demand. See The Beacon-News press release.

Burgess-Norton is pleased to announce the award of two scholarship of $2,500 each. The scholarships are designed to provide financial support for graduating high school seniors in the Valley Education for Employment (VALEES) region who wish to pursue their education in fields that relate to careers in the manufacturing industry.

Click here to find out about the award recipients..


Food Service teachers visited Fona International, the world's leading expert in flavor development and applied food science. Teachers learned about the chemistry of flavor development as well as marketing, manufacturing and business practices related to the flavors industry. There are many career pathways that can lead to interesting and rewarding careers in STEM related manufacturing.

Great Harvest Bread Company is a franchise bakery in Geneva, IL. Food Servce teachers learned about challenges and opportunities that entrepreneurs face in a rapidly changing economy. Topics addressed on this field trip included business operations, marketing strategies, and employability skills critical to running a successful business.

Both of these businesses provided great opportunties for teachers to examine how the integration of CTE and core curricula play an impotant role in preparing students for STEM careers in manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

CAD Program Committee members visited Roberts and Schaefer Engineers and Contractors offices in downtown Chicago. Roberts & Schaefer is a worldwide leader in the design, engineering, procurement and construction of bulk material handling and processing systems for the power and mining industries. Offices are located around the globe in the U.S. (Chicago, Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh), Australia, India, Indonesia, Poland, South Africa and Chile.

This professional development activity provided valuable information regarding world class engineering business practices including sales and marketing, bidding, project management, conceptual design, detail drawing, and project completion. Company executives shared their perspectives on these business processes as well as career pathways and employability skills necessary to be successful in a highly competitive global enterprise.

Graphic Communications Program Committee members from VALEES high schools, career and vocational centers, Waubonsee Community College, and business partners toured two agencies in downtown Chicago as a professional development activity and as a component of the development of the Graphic Design Program of Study.

Critical Mass is an international marketing agency whose goal is to "create extraordinary experiences that bring together creative thinking, smart ideas and emerging technologies to drive our clients' businesses." www.criticalmass.com

Chicago Portfolio School prepares its students to get a job in an advertising agency as a copywriter, art director or designer. Students spend a year putting together their book (portfolio) to accurately reflect their true ability.



Upcoming screenings include:

October 14, 2013 Nortehrn Illinois University, DeKalb

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren't developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what's best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.


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today show

CTE featured on Today Show. This five minute video clip illustrates the important role of CTE. Interviews with Adrianna Benjamin, a high school student enrolled in the maritime program at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and Jan Bray, ACTE Executive Director, are refreshing, informative and positive.