Featured in August: Education
This month, we celebrate our colleagues in the 13 public high schools, eight private high schools and numerous early childhood education centers, elementary and middle schools, vocational centers and others in our district who are committed to providing a strong educational foundation. Through our collective efforts, 34,335 individuals have successfully completed a Waubonsee degree or certificate so far. Our proud past of cooperation and collaboration is a source of strength within our communities and continues to prepare our region for a bold future.
These partnerships result in many positive programs. Here are just a few:
- The Early Childhood Education Business Advisory Board
This group of local early childhood education centers provides valuable curricular input and opportunities to Waubonsee’s early childhood program.
- High School SOAR (Summer Opportunities for Advancement and Recovery) Program
This program allows students to earn credit toward high school graduation over the summer. It may be they’re working ahead to free up space in their schedule or to graduate early, or they could be making up credits in order to graduate on time.
- Dual Credit Courses
Taken at the high school or at one of Waubonsee’s campuses, these courses earn students both high school and college credit.
- TRIO Upward Bound Program
The goal of this grant-funded program is to provide students at East Aurora High School with the motivation and support necessary to go to college.
- Articulated Credit for Career and Technical Education Courses
Area high school students who complete certain technical/career training courses may be eligible for credit and/or advanced placement at Waubonsee through an agreement with the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES). The VALEES website includes a complete list of eligible courses and their Waubonsee equivalents.
- Annual Career Pathways Expo
Thanks to the efforts of local high schools and VALEES, this event brings students to Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus to explore career possibilities and facilities.
- Annual College Night
Open to the entire community, this event, which allows attendees to learn about the college process and meet representatives from more than 100 schools around the nation, enjoys great support from local high school counselors.
- College and Career Readiness Partnership
Comprised of college and high school faculty, staff and administrators, this group' mission is "to develop and implement initiatives meant to align high school graduation and workplace or college competencies and skills."
- Gustafson Scholarship Program
This scholarship program provides two years of tuition of fees to recipients from in-district high schools, who are chosen based on scholastic achievement, leadership and citizenship characteristics.