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Puzzle Cube Activity

Dan L. (Newark)

Project Lead the Way is an engineering curriculum in its inaugural year at IVVC. The program's main goal is to teach students, using hands-on activities relating to the engineering world. One of the projects this year’s class has already done is the puzzle cube; an interactive activity used to teach the 3D modeling program and how to make precise and accurate measurements of something for manufacturing. Spanning a multi-day . . .

EMT Answers Call to Service

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Here in the senior only Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licensure class the students spend their year learning how to treat patients who are sick or injured in an emergency. This class prepares them to take their IL State EMT Basic License exam and to work on an ambulance. Not only do they accomplish the same class material as any other . . .

Chicago Bulls Career Presentation Focuses on Ambition, Opportunity

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On Friday, November 13, the Chicago Bulls hosted their 15 th annual Career Day. IVVC’s Sports Medicine/Management class was in attendance. Students were treated to excellent presentations from the Bulls’ front office personnel. Some of the talks centered on ambition, opportunity, and a little bit of luck. Most presenters . . .

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Diverse Projects Keep Auto Body Students Busy

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This has been a busy start of the school year for the Auto Body program. We have been learning about the tools we will use and the process that we will be using to complete repairs. We have started out learning this process by working on our practice panels. The panels had minor dents that needed to be repaired, and then once repaired . . .

IVVC and Scouts Offer Free Car Services to Seniors

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The IVVC Auto Tech program hosted a senior citizen safety check on Saturday, October 17 in the school’s auto shop area. This event was sponsored by the DeKalb County Triad and was coordinated by Mike Nelson of the Sandwich Police Department. Over 20 senior citizens participated in this free event where their vehicles were given a . . .

The Challenging Work of Writing Code

This is my first year in IVVC and I am extremely delighted with my decision to take Computer Programming. The main reason for taking this class was that I really wanted to know if I wanted to pursue a career in Computer Programming. Computer Programming is a very fun, yet challenging class. We are currently learning to write code . . .

Our Easy Bake Oven

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Many of us have fond memories of our first easy bake oven. We remember the first cake and cupcakes that those little ovens could create. For some, those creations led to a passion for baking and pastries. The A.M. Culinary Arts class has several students who have aspirations of becoming professional pastry chefs from a young . . .

Children (and Teachers!) Enjoy Halloween Fun Day

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On Thursday, October 29 th, and Friday the 30 th , the preschool had our Halloween Fun Day! The children and teachers showed up to preschool in their awesome costumes. All of our children decorated their own trick or treat bags, did science experiments, and won prizes! After activities, we took the children to all the different IVVC . . .

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. 

Junk Cars and Trucks Wanted!

Three programs at Indian Valley Vocational Center would like to help you clear that clunker out of your driveway. The Auto Tech, Fire Science, and the EMT programs are always looking for vehicles for training. The Auto Tech program uses the cars for diagnostic training activities. The Fire Science program uses vehicles each year for . . .

Graphic Design Offers New Adventures

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We are now finishing up our first quarter and it's been an exciting one with plenty of new adventures. Looking back at our first month and going into our second shows us how much we have learned. We’ve gone from not being able to decide what fonts to use to being able to build a full newsletter. One of our first year . . .

Basic Skills - A Prerequisite to Working at Nursing Home

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The Health Occupations CNA class is off and rolling! We just completed our CPR training and we are all now certified in Health Care Provider CPR.  We have learned how to wash our hands. It may sound funny, but there is a right and a wrong way to wash and dry your hands. Along with washing our hands, we learned . . .

Exploring the Many Aspects of Healthcare

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Health Occupation Exploration students have been busy exploring the past, present, and future of healthcare. Our AM class joined together with our new EMT program for some hands-on anatomy. They have learned standard precautions and infection control practices in healthcare along with infections and diseases. They also had the unique . . .

Behind the Scenes of Law Enforcement

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As most people watch TV and movies, all they see are police officers chasing bad guys, shooting them and then saving the world. What they don’t see are the hours of paperwork that has to follow those fantastic adventures. AND the more fantastic the adventure, the more pages the police report. A police officer has to accept and . . .

IVVC's PLTW is Off to a Good Start

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Project Lead the Way, or PLTW, is an engineering program that is new to IVVC this year. This class teaches the concepts of engineering in all of its many forms. It teaches types of engineering, as well as what engineers do in order to improve and innovate the world we live in. This class also teaches the skills of sketching and teamwork . . .

Welding Skills Will Help Student Pursue Career Paths

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Currently, I am enrolled in the Welding and Fabrication program as a “first year” senior. Last year I attended IVVC for Auto Technology. While in high school I want to get the most I can out of IVVC, so I decided to take Welding and Fabrication this year. One of the main reasons for my decision is so that I will . . .

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IVVC Receives Grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation

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On Monday, April 27, Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) was presented a check from a representative of DeKalb County Community Foundation to assist in the completion of an educational health wing. Ron Pieper, IVVC Director, accepted the $20,000 check from Dick Underwood, Board Member of DeKalb County Community Foundation, in a . . .

Attendance Policy

Please click on the link to view IVVC's Attendance Policy If you have any questions regarding this policy, please feel free to call Mrs. Edwards, IVVC's Assistant Director, for more information.  Mrs. Edwards can be reached at (815) 786-9873.

IVVC Hosts Grand Opening of New Health Wing

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On Thursday, August 13, Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) hosted the grand opening of its new Health Wing. This year-long project was started in July of 2014 and the school will open its doors to four health related classes this fall: two CNA classes, Health Occupations Exploring, and EMT-B. This project was funded by the . . .

Green Team Tackles Fall Projects

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The 2015-2016 Green Team kicked off the new school year by doing outdoor community service work. The morning of October 7, three new members picked up roadside trash and then planted purple coneflower plugs at Harvey Creek Conservation Area. The coneflower was planted both in the education area and amid the other native plantings . . .

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 the Student Guidelines Included in the Guidelines are IVVC's Attendance Policy (see page 5) and the Internet/Computer Acceptable Use Policy (see page 6).

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 . . .