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Leading the Way in Career and Technical Education

2024-2024 Save the Date – calendar of meetings and student events

Internship Micro-Credential for Business & Industry – free code VALEES_MC

Articulated Credit Video 

Get involved in the VALEES region – Interest form for business and industry 

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.

For Students & Parents

Career and Technical Education programs in high school lead to successful careers and high satisfaction in school. Learn more here.

Early college credit may be earned through articulated credit agreements by successfully completing an approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school course. Select the Early College Credit link for a listing of eligible high school and career center courses.

CTE roles are changing. There are many opportunities for women to start rewarding careers in fields once believed to be reserved for men only. If you are a young woman interested in entering a career field non-traditional by gender, please visit our Opportunities for Young Women page.

For Administrators

VALEES administers the Career and Technical Education Improvement (CTEI, state grant), Perkins (federal grant) and regional mini-grants. Select the grants link for grant guidelines, allocations, and application and reporting information.

Annual Welding Students of the Year Competition

VALEES held the annual Welding Student of the Year Competition April 14, 2023. During the event, 48 regional welding students from East Aurora High School, Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC). West Aurora High School and Oswego High School (OHS) competed for bragging rights and prizes generously donated by Weldstar.  The competition, held in the Welding department of Waubonsee Community College, Plano Campus, challenged students to complete high quality welds in a short period of time. Students were ranked on their adherence to safety, quality and weld type.

Congratulations to these amazing welders!


VALEES 2023 Graphics Student of the Year

2023 VALEES Graphic Student of the Year,

This annual competition challenges students to design a brand campaign for a fictional client. Business Advisory partners interview each student, assess their portfolio, and rate their finished displays.

Learn more about the Graphics Student of the Year application process…