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IVVC Awards Night - May 14, 2015

Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) hosted its annual Awards Night on May 14, 2015, at Timber Creek Conference Center. Local and memorial scholarships were presented as well as recognition of SkillsUSA award winners and Technical Honor Society members, and one and two year perfect attendance recipients. Recognition of graduating seniors with certificates of completion was the highlight of the evening. Several hundred family . . .

IVVC Students Tour Wedron Fairmount Mining Facility

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On Wednesday May 20, students from Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich toured the Fairmount Santrol mining facility in Wedron, IL. Approximately 20 students from the schools Welding Program and the Drafting/Design Program, along with their instructors, were given a riding tour through the entire sand mining operation and were . . .

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 . . .

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Busy Year in Auto Body

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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 . . .

State Ford/AAA Student Skills Competition

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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 . . .

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 . . .

Annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon

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The Culinary Arts class hosted their annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon on Friday, April 17, 2015. Administrative professionals from all eleven districts were treated to delicious soups, salad and ham & brie croissants. Macaroons and chocolate eclairs topped off the meal served by the Culinary Arts students. The . . .

February in the Early Childhood Development Class

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, . . .

Preschool Graduation Plans

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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 . . .

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. 

Pittsburgh Drill Sharpens Students’ RIT Rescue Skills

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, . . .

Design it. Print it. Wear it!

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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 . . .

CNA Content Complete, but Still Learning!

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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 . . .

Students Shadow, Teach and Compete!

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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 . . .

Law Enforcement Students Participate in Krav Maga Instruction

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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 . . .

Architectural Design of a Library

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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 . . .

Local Paramedics Facilitate Spine Boarding Exercise

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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 . . .

Students Create Boom and Bridge Structures, Recycled Projects

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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 . . .

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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.

Health Wing Addition Update as of April 2015

  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 . . .

News from the IVVC Green Team

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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 . . .

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 . . .