Valley Education for Employment System

Leading the Way in Career and Technical Education 

VALEES Program Committees Spring Flier (posted 4/17/2018)

VALEES Program Committees Fall Flier (posted 12/19/2017)

Articulated Credit Video 


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

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. 

Connor Zorn Named VALEES Regional Welding Student of the Year 2017
Connor Zorn Named VALEES Regional Welding Student of the Year 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Welding Student of the Year: Connor Zorn of Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) and Batavia High School! Connor (far left in photo) completed an extensive interview and portfolio process to win top honors this year. In addition to Connor's Student of the Year win, he also took 1st place in TIG welding at this year's annual Welding Competition. Other winners included: 

Josh Shank of Indian Valley Vocational Center and Yorkville High School - 1st Place in MIG welding

Carson Wallace of FVCC and Kaneland High School - 1st Place in OXY-Fuel welding

Nick Shaw of FVCC and Kaneland High School - 1st Place in SMAW (Stick) welding

Special thanks to FVCC for hosting and to our judges from the following companies: Waubonsee Community College, Sauber Manufacturing, Burgess-Norton, Weldstar and FlexiCorps, Inc.

LASTLY, an extra thank you to Weldstar for the generous prizes our students received this year. Learn about CAD programs

Burgess Norton scholarship recipients
Burgess Norton scholarship recipients

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Burgess-Norton Scholarships:

Charles (Chad) McMarrow IV from Batavia High School, Batavia CUSD 101. Chad's grandfather and great-grandfather are both former Burgess-Norton employees. He plans on attending Utah Valley University.

Noah Legenski from Geneva High School, Geneva CUSD 304.
He plans to attend University of Illinois, Champaign.

The scholarships awarded by Burgess-Norton President, Brett Vasseur, 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.

Read more about the scholarship recipients…

Information about the BN scholarship…

Claire Hammack VALEES 2017 Graphics Student of the Year
Claire Hammack VALEES 2017 Graphics Student of the Year

Congratulations to Claire Hammack of Batavia High School's Graphic Design program, the 2017 VALEES Graphics Student of the Year. The VALEES Graphics Student of the Year selection process includes: a student developed project response to the Freedom Apparel design brief, an interview with a selection committee of design professionals and a portfolio review with the selection committee. VALEES schools competing included: Batavia High School, Oswego East High School, Oswego High School, Indian Valley Vocational Center and Fox Valley Career Center. 

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