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Student of the Month

Fox Valley Career Center is proud to recognize the following students:

 
Mackenzie Carter, Game Programming Technologies, Geneva High School

Mackenzie Carter, Game Programming Technologies, Geneva High School

“Mac Carter has been awarded Student of the Month for his consistent effort, his ability, his willingness to help others, and his inquisitive nature. Mac challenges me each and every day by asking creative questions that involve ways to utilize technology that I have not considered in the past. It is so fun to have a student who takes the lessons from class, internalizes the knowledge, and then comes back with very creative questions that begin with phrases such as ‘what if’ or ‘could this work’ or ‘what would happen if.’ Congratulations Mac! Keep reaching, keep asking, keep testing, keep trying!”

 
Nicholas Messina, Web Development, Kaneland High School

Nicholas Messina, Web Development, Kaneland High School

“It is my pleasure to announce that Nicholas Messina has been awarded Student of the Month for March. Nick was chosen for many reasons, including his ability to catch on to computer skills very easily. More importantly, Nick connects the dots between performing the skill and applying the skill for a particular purpose. He doesn’t just “go through the motions.” Nick asks meaningful questions and really tries to understand how the application is used and what types of career opportunities may exist in relation to the education he is getting. Nick always puts forth his best effort and shows a real passion and talent for computer science. Congratulations Nick!”

 
Mark Shultz, Fire Science II, Kaneland High School

Mark Shultz, Fire Science II, Kaneland High School

“Mark has to be one of the hardest working, most respectful and sincere students I have known. Mark was actually nominated for this award by the students in his company, and I completely agree. It has been an honor to have Mark in our program the past two years, and I know he will be successful in any chosen career field. Because of Mark’s character, we would welcome him back to assist any time.”

 
George Wilson, Fire Science I, Kaneland High School

George Wilson, Fire Science I, Kaneland High School

“Since the start of the school year, we have seen George grow in maturity. Starting off with less than desirable homework grades, George has now moved toward the top of the list. George’s ability to work as a team has certainly improved since his start in fire science. George is now taking on a leadership role, and we hope that this award will help to build his confidence to move forward. As with all of our students, we hope our fire science culture carries over into our students’ daily lives.”

 
Liz Worden, Early Childhood II, Batavia High School

Liz Worden, Early Childhood II, Batavia High School

“Liz is responsible and dedicated to the children in her care. She has demonstrated flexibility while working with the infants and toddlers as well as her peers. Liz works hard to do her best. Liz’s confidence and skills have improved immensely. She is a good role model and a true joy to have in class.”

 

Fire Science

FIRE SCIENCE I

Grades: 11,12

Prerequisite: None

All first year students (whether junior or senior) follow the complete OSFM Basic Operations Firefighter curriculum which will include the cognitive and

psychomotor components to Basic Operations Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Fire Service Vehicle Operator, Technical Rescue

Awareness, Basic First Aid, AHA CPR and AED, and NIMS 100 and 700. The only exception is that students will not engage in live interior structural

firefighting activities due to age and liability aspects as recommended by OSFM. As students progress through graduated skill evolution, drills are added with

increasing complexity to challenge and evaluate firefighter capabilities. Drills combine students from Fire Science I, Fire Science II and the EMT program to

simulate real life emergency scene situations. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the reciprocating classes at Waubonsee

or Elgin Community Colleges. Fee: $45.00

FIRE SCIENCE II

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Fire Science I

Second year students follow OSFM Advanced Technician Firefighter Curriculum including the cognitive and psychomotor components relevant to a journeyman

firefighter as outlined by NFPA 1001. In addition, students will receive complete training toward OSFM certification in Vehicle Machinery Operations (vehicular

extrication), Fire Apparatus Engineer (Pump Operator), and NIMS 200. The only exception is that students will not engage in live interior structural

firefighting activities due to age and liability aspects as recommended by OSFM. As students progress through graduated skill evolution, drills are added with

increasing complexity to challenge and evaluate firefighter capabilities. Drills combine students from Fire Science I, Fire Science II and the EMT program to

simulate real life emergency scene situations. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the reciprocating classes at

Waubonsee or Elgin Community Colleges. Fee: $45.00

 

EMT Information

GRADE: 12

PREREQUISITE: NONE

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic education program will prepare students to become competent, entry-level EMT Basics in order to serve in volunteer and/or professional career positions in the State of Illinois and area communities.

EMT Basic program fulfills the prescribed requirements by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and prepares students to practice the art and science of pre-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. The goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. An EMT Basic primarily provides care to emergency patients in a pre-hospital setting and serves as a vital member of the health care team.

This program is available to students who plan to go into the health care or fire science fields, or another area of emergency medical services.

Upon completion of EMT Basic, the student is prepared to take the EMT Basic Competency Exam which allows for certification from the IDPH.

Special Requirements: All students must purchase a FVCC uniform top, pants, ID badge, stethoscope, watch with second hand and textbook.

In addition, students must complete and pass an American Heart Association health care provider CPR class. As part of the EMT Basic class,

students will complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of emergency room clinical in the prescribed time indicated by the instructor. The law

requires all persons involved in patient care at any health agency to have a 2-step tuberculin skin test, proof of vaccinations for MMR (mumps,

measles, rubella) and hepatitis B. The students must also pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

Fee: $30.00 plus costs for manual/workbook, drug screen, TB test and background check. Uniform and equipment costs

are approximately $100.00.

When students are taking part in the clinical hours at an area hospital, they will be required to provide their own transportation to the health

care facility.

2-1/2 Credits

VALEES #: 14055A001

Associate

 

Directed Studies Information

Credit: .5 per semester

Grade: Typically 12th Grade

Prerequisite: Successful completion of competencies in appropriate courses as determined by the instructor. More »

 

WELDING I

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisite: None, but Introductory Industrial Technology courses are recommended.

This introductory course is designed to help students master skills in the following areas: shielded arc welding, gas metal arc welding, tungsten metal arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, bronzing, flame cutting and the fundamentals of weld shop fabrication. Welding I students will complete a competency chart. Students must supply their own safety glasses, heavy gloves, work shirt, and necessary tools/materials.

Fee: $45.00

 

WELDING II

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: Welding I

This course will utilize the concepts practiced in Welding I with more in-depth specialization. A higher level of competency is expected. The course material will be developed around problem solving fabrication equipment, operational procedures, production layout, technical function, pipe welding, and necessary tools/materials. Students that receive a B or better can receive college credit at Waubonsee Community College in the following courses: Welding I and Welding II. Fee: $45.00

 

COSMETOLOGY I

3 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: None

Cosmetology I is divided into several units of study that include hair shaping, hair styling, draping, shampooing, blow dry styling, manicuring, facials, waving and sanitation. Chemistry and professional ethics will be taught in conjunction with the above units. Laboratory work and classroom instruction help students learn the theory required for licensing. Students must complete 750 hours to continue in the program. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, buy uniforms, shoes, cosmetology kit, and pay the required registration and lab fees. A mandatory meeting is required to participate in the program.

 

COSMETOLOGY II

3 Credits

Grade: 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: Cosmetology I

Students will continue work to obtain the required 1500 hours and meet the state requirements for licensing testing. After completing the second year of cosmetology curriculum and the 1500 required lab hours, students may take the Cosmetology Licensing Exam and become a licensed cosmetologist. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, replenish any supplies needed, buy uniforms, shoes, and pay the required lab fees.

 

ESTHETICS

2-1/2 Credits

Grade: 12

Off Campus Class (Various Locations)

Prerequisite: None

The Esthetics curriculum is broken into four components: basic training, scientific concepts, practices and procedures, and business practices. Estheticians are trained in the treatment and care of skin for both health and appearance. They perform a wide variety of tasks on various parts of the body. They give facials, body treatments, pedicures and manicures. They also remove unwanted hair from the body. Areas of study include the history of skin care, personal hygiene and public health, professional ethics, sterilization and sanitation, introduction to analysis and skin care and facial treatments. Students are required to furnish their own transportation to the training schools, buy uniforms, shoes, cosmetology kit, and pay the required registration and lab fees. A mandatory meeting is required to participate in the program.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD I

2-1/2 Credits

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Early Childhood I provides students with the knowledge and practical experiences needed to develop skills required to work effectively with young children ages 2-5. Classroom studies include philosophies of early development, management of childcare centers, and state regulations governing childcare centers. A primary learning experience involves working with children in Small World Learning Center, the child care center at Fox Valley Career Center. Students plan and present developmentally appropriate learning activities to the young children that promote growth in all areas; social, emotional, cognitive and physical. These experiences include stories, transitional activities, art, dramatic play, blocks, small manipulatives, literacy, math, music and movement. Students also prepare a professional portfolio which includes a resume, samples of their teaching, and class work. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive college credit for the course, Career Explorations in Early Childhood, at Waubonsee Community College. Fee: $30.00

 

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