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

Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) is a regional delivery system established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) which serves 18 school districts, two area career/vocational centers, one special education cooperative and Waubonsee Community College, covering a five-county area. VALEES also collaborates with College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, and Kishwaukee College to promote articulated Career and Technical Programs.

VALEES is directed by ISBE to:

  • Provide curriculum and project development.
  • Provide staff development, in-services and workshops for teachers, counselors and administrators.
  • Assist schools in technology and equipment updates.
  • A sure efficiency, access, and equity in delivery of career and technical education.
  • Submit and administer Career and Technical Education (CTE) related grants and disperse funds to member districts.
  • Promote local business and industry partnerships with education at all levels.

VALEES is divided into three sub-regions:

  • Indian Valley Sub-region is comprised of eleven feeder districts to the Indian Valley Vocational Center.
  • Fox Valley Sub-region is comprised of four feeder districts to the Fox Valley Career Center.
  • River Valley Sub-region is comprised of East Aurora, West Aurora, and Oswego districts.

VALEES administers over $1.8 million in federal and state grant funds through the following programs:

  • Career and Technical Education Improvement state funds to support the improvement of CTE programs at the secondary level.
  • Agriculture Education Incentive Grant state funds for those districts having agriculture programs.
  • Perkins federal funds to support CTE for special population secondary students.
  • Partnership for College and Career Success federal Perkins funds available through the Illinois Community College Board to promote collaboration between secondary and post-secondary schools to develop career pathways and curriculum alignment.
Valley Education for Employment System
Building A - Room 161
Waubonsee Community College
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
630-466-5736 (office)
630-466-9621 (fax)
Office Hours 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
M-F during the academic year