Valees
Valley Education for Employment System

Leading the Way in Career and Technical Education

Summer 2015 Graduate Courses
June 15 - June 19 - Catalysts for Change in CTE - Register NOW
June 22 - June 26 - Culinary Arts Connect to Math (Check back soon for registration)
July 13 - July 17 - Empower Student/Career Choices - Register NOW
 

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. Read more…

For Students & Parents

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.  Read more…

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. Read more…

Building Partnerships for America's Future 2015
Building Partnerships for America's Future 2015

On Friday, February 27, VALEES hosted the annual CTE conference, Building Partnerships for America's Future. Jeff Nelsen, Fearless Performance, opened the event with music, magic and inspiration on living, teaching and performing fearlessly. Attendees then selected from 30 workshops presented by business advisory partners and regional experts in career pathways, teaching and learning, social emotional learning, and CTE skill development. Over 300 attendees from secondary and post-secondary participated with business advisory partners in early childhood, skilled labor, social entreprenuership, graphic design, Web development, fire science, and criminal justice. Presenter documents and the full program guide are available here.

Nelly Thom is the 2014 Graphics Student of the Year award recipient in the VALEES region.
Nelly Thom is 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.

Graphics Student of the Year candidates present their portfolio and project design to a panel of graphics business professionals who select the award recipient annually.

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

Recipients of the Burgess Norton scholarship are Hector Perez, East Aurora High School, and Michael Potvin, Kaneland High School/Fox Valley Career Center.
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.

Read more about the scholarship recipients…

Information about the BN scholarship…