Career-minded students visit vocational school

May 3, 2019 GMT

Eighth-graders from the Whiteside Area Career Center’s member schools toured the the facility this week during an open house to learn more about what WACC has to offer. WACC, located on the Sterling High School campus, dates back to 1965, when planning for the vocational school began. When it opened at the beginning of the 1966-67 school year – as the Whiteside County Vocational High School – it was the first area vocational school in Illinois. In 1969 it became the Whiteside Area Vocational Center, and in 2001 changed its name again to Whiteside Area Career Center. It began with eight member schools and today has grown to include 16 schools from Bureau Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. Junior and seniors can enroll in nearly a dozen programs at the center, including auto service, building trades, early childhood education, computer technology and others. Go to www.wacc.cc for more information.

– Photos by Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com