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IVVC Adopts Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Education Program to Better Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) recently announced that it has adopted Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) high school engineering program for the 2015-16 school year. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and Indian Valley Vocational Center joins more than 6,500 other schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students in grades K-12. . . .

New Chevy Trucks (and their Drivers) Visit IVVC Auto Tech

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On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, two staff members from Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Oswego visited the Auto Technology students at Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC). Danny Cardinal and Scott O’Malley each drove over a new Chevy truck for the students to look at — one was the brand new 2015 Chevy Colorado and the other was the . . .

Students Working in IVVC Addition

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The Construction Technology students are finally able to get started with their portion of work in the new Health Wing addition this week. LITE Construction Company has pulled off their job with their work 90% complete, so the space is now heated and has lighting available for student work. The first thing we are going . . .

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Panels are for Practice (An Auto Body Student Explains)

Here at Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) we start off our year by learning one of the key things of Auto Body: knowing our tools and how to handle them properly and safely. In Auto Body we have these metal boards called panels. Starting off what we do is sand off half of the paint from the previous year so bare, or . . .

Construction Technology is Off to a Great Start!

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The Construction Technology students are off to a good start. They have finished their safety test so now they can use the power tools. Several small projects have had the students practicing new skills. This week students have begun work on the IVVC portable classroom, which has been moved and again will be used for Law . . .

Culinary Students Help to Make Fair Stand a Success

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Growing up in Sandwich means that you are well acquainted with the Sandwich Fair. As a child, it meant fun weekends with mom and dad. As a high school student, it meant early dismissal and wristband night with friends.  After so many years attending the Sandwich Fair, I didn't think there was anything  new I . . .

Drafting Designs with Minecraft

In Drafting & Design at IVVC we get a chance to use the program ‘Minecraft’ to create scale models of things in a very simplistic fashion. A current project we are working on is creating an observation tower to scale in creative mode with a group of 3-4 other students. The idea is not to copy something, but create what we . . .

Students Host Preschool Christmas Party

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On Tuesday, December 16, the Early Childhood Development students hosted a Christmas Party for the preschool students and their families. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings attended - there was even a visit from Santa! The preschool children were able to share with Santa what they hoped for Christmas. The students . . .

IVVC Preschool Calendars

There is always something fun going on in preschool! Please check out the monthly calendar buttons in the upper right corner of this page for specific details. 

Students Learn Critical Elements of Water Supply

Establishing an adequate water supply is one of the first critical elements of all successful fire attacks. During the month of October, Fire Science students learned how to establish a water supply on the fire ground. They learned about the different kinds of fire hydrants, how to operate a hydrant and how to attach different size hoses . . .

Graphics – Not Just One Trick Ponies

Graphics student designers are not strictly on their computers. Once in a while they have a chance to show off work they have done. At the Sandwich Fair this year, all 31 students entered their own artwork and photographs. Many received ribbons and there was one medal. Graphic designers not only make art, they also critique other artwork, . . .

Working like a CNA

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We have been extremely busy in our Health Occupations CNA class so far this year. The students had lots to learn before they could go out and participate in clinicals at the local nursing homes. They have already completed many of their 21 skills that are required of the students to take the CNA exam given by the State of Illinois at . . .

Exploring Students Master Skills!

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Health Occupation Exploring students have been busy this quarter learning about body systems and cavities. Currently the students are learning the importance of and mastering the skills of vital signs. The students are also gearing up to experience a variety of job shadow experiences at the local health care facilities next quarter. 

Real-Life Stories Engross Students Learning the Illinois Vehicle Code

This year, the Law Enforcement class is gearing up for a busy year of scenarios. So far the class has covered a large amount and is starting the Illinois Vehicle Code (IVC) this week.  The IVC, as it is commonly called in Law Enforcement, is 300 pages of laws. This usually puts officers to sleep, but these are some of the . . .

Internships Give Students Unique Opportunities

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Students who return for a second year of Intro to Sports Medicine/Management have the opportunity to participate in IVVC’s Internship Program. Students must have excellent attendance to be considered for the program.  Students spend four days a week at their intern site, and one day in the classroom. This year, there . . .

Welding Class - Crazy as Ever!

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What has the Welding class been up to? Simply stated ... "fantastic stuff." We have learned arc welding, MIG welding, oxy-fuel cutting, blueprinting, plasma cutting, design and fabrication. It’s hard to believe that it is already December! Before this class, I thought that only machines and robots could do . . .

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IVVC's Spirit Day - Friday, August 29, 2014

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IVVC's Spirit Day - August 29, 2014

IVVC Receives Grant from DCCF

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On June 9, 2014, Donna Larson, a representative from the DeKalb County Community Foundation (DCCF) presented the administration of Indian Valley Vocational Center, Sandwich, Illinois, with a check for $55,000 to assist with the construction of a new health wing. This new health wing has been in the planning stages for two years with the . . .

IVVC Green Team Serves School and Community

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The Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) Green Team went to work on October 16-17 removing litter and planting a tree. Green Team members began by picking up bags of litter at Harvey Creek Conservation area. Later that day, other members planted an Autumn Blaze Maple tree on the northeast corner of IVVC. The tree was purchased . . .

IVVC Monthly Calendars

Please view IVVC's monthly calendars by clicking on the buttons in the upper right corner of this page.  

Student Guidelines

Please click on the link to view IVVC's Student Guidelines Included in the Guidelines are IVVC's Attendance Policy (see page 5 & 6) and the Internet/Computer Acceptable Use Policy (see page 7).

IVVC Students of the Month

The students are selected based on the following criteria: Outside recognition for IVVC work, such as tech intern bosses or satisfied customers A student who: - acts as a role model - shows real initiative - sets a good example - shows enthusiasm - is working to full capacity - has good/outstanding attendance . . .