Students from Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich, IL participated in the State Ford/AAA Student Skills Competition at Parkland College in Champaign on May 8, 2015. These two students, Jason K. from Paw Paw HS and Austin M. from Yorkville HS, had to first score high enough on a qualifying written exam to move on to the “hands-on” state finals. At the state finals, all competitors were required to repair . . .
It has been a busy year in Auto Body at IVVC. It started off with the basics, such as learning which tools to use and how to use them properly, and repairing our panels. Towards the middle of the year we started working on cars. The first car we worked on was an Oldsmobile Aurora that had frame damage and other . . .
The Health Occupation Exploring students have been busy the last few months. The students have had the opportunity of job shadowing the various departments of Valley West Hospital (Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Room, Lab, OB, Respiratory Therapy, etc.) Students have also been shadowing at other local health clinics including the . . .
In Auto Body Repair we are currently working on several vehicles, two of which include a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora and a 1977 Mercury Comet. The Oldsmobile is being repaired after a front collision and damage to the driver’s side quarter panel. It is now on our EZ Liner S21 that helps us repair and straighten the . . .
The IVVC Auto Technology class has been preparing for an engine competition at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The engine team consists of five students in the morning and afternoon classes. Four of the students work on taking the engine apart and putting the engine back together, while the fifth student stands behind a . . .
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 . . .
How many of you have had a bad experience at a restaurant because of poor service? Maybe you waited too long to be seated, or your beverage never got refilled, or your server didn’t have answers to any of your questions about the menu. This semester the Culinary Arts class is learning how important good service is to a . . .
Libraries are an essential part of every community. They serve as a resource and recreation center for a multitude of people. As a result, libraries must be designed with all functions in mind. In Drafting and Design we were put into groups and given a plot of land on which we were instructed to design a library. We started . . .
This past month our Early Childhood classroom and lab were quite busy. We had our Valentine’s Day party where the children brought in valentines and shared them with their friends. The children decorated mailboxes and then walked around the circle and handed them to each of their friends. While in the classroom on Tuesday, . . .
The Early Childhood Development students have been very busy getting ready to celebrate the preschool graduation ceremonies. They are responsible for picking a theme, planning refreshments for parents and relatives, creating invitations, programs, decorations, and activities for the day! The A.M. class has chosen Disney for their . . .
Fire Science students have been working on firefighter survival and rapid intervention company operations. Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) are companies established on the fire ground to perform rescue of a downed firefighter. They have been learning how to search for, package and remove an injured firefighter from low air emergencies, . . .
IVVC Spirit-Wear apparel is rolling off the production line in Graphics under the direction of our student-run business, IVVCgraphicTs Custom Apparel. GTs designed IVVC logos and advertised imprints on shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and sweat pants to students and staff. All the apparel will be delivered to our customers before spring . . .
We have come to the end of our Health Occupations CNA content and on April 17 th took our state certification exam. Now the anxious wait for our results!! It seems as though our year has gone by fast. Looking back on everything we have done has really built up our knowledge. At the beginning of the . . .
It has been an eventful start to spring for the Health Occupations Exploring students. They have had the opportunity to put on their scrubs and job shadow within the various departments of the Valley West Hospital. The class had a chance to go on a field trip to a cadaver lab where they learned hands-on human anatomy, and also about a . . .
Students recently participated in a Krav Maga instruction. Krav Maga or "contact combat" is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Judo, Aikido and Wrestling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on . . .
Sports Medicine students recently finished learning about the spine and injuries that can occur to it. Cervical spine (neck) injuries can be catastrophic to an athlete, causing paralysis or even death. Unfortunately, they do sometimes occur in sports, and can be made worse by moving the athlete. In order to learn how to properly care . . .
This month in Welding and Fabrication has been an exciting one; there have been lots of projects and endless things to do in the shop. We started off by making our “boom” structures as a class. After that, we began working on building the “bridge” structures with the Drafting and Design class, and . . .
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 . . .
Almost finished! In simple terms, that is the status of the health wing construction project! Carpetile of Plano will be completing the finish flooring this week and MiTer Construction will in the week of April 27 to install the wood classroom doors. After that, there are just a few details to complete the interior of the . . .
The 2014-2015 IVVC Green Team members have been working on several projects: Green Team members teamed up with Graphic Design students to create a cool battery recycling container that resembles a very large battery. Students and staff are encouraged to use this visible reminder to protect the environment when . . .
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 . . .