Fox Valley Career Center

If you are considering a program offered through the Fox Valley Career Center for next year, please read the following before making your decision. The Fox Valley Career Center offers a variety of specialized vocational courses and program that its individual member schools are unable to support on their own. Click here to visit the FVCC website and here for the Course Catalog.

Batavia High School’s affiliation with the Center represents a significant financial commitment on the part of School District. Therefore, before enrolling in a Fox Valley Career Center course we ask that you consider the following:

  • FVCC programs run for the entire school year.
  • You may not drop a course during the year.  
  • Transportation will be provided for on-site courses
    • The bus is an extension of Batavia High School and the same behavior expectations listed in the Batavia High School Student Handbook are thus in effect.
    • If a student cannot meet these expectations, he or she will be dropped from the program without credit, will not be able to enroll in another course, and will be assigned to In-School Suspension for the remainder of the term.
  • Satellite courses are offered at various sites and students signing up for these courses are responsible for their own transportation.
    • Make sure you have reliable transportation before signing up for a satellite course.
    • Be aware that signing up for a satellite course does not automatically guarantee you a parking space at BHS.
  • The time schedules for satellite courses often do not fit well with our schedule.
    • Students may have to leave early and arrive late to classes and may have not have a full lunch period. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with BHS staff to make up any materials missed.
  • Batavia High School attendance and discipline policies will be followed at the satellite course locations. If these expectations cannot be met, students may be dropped from the program without credit, will not be able to enroll in another course, and will be assigned to in-school-suspension for the remainder of the semester.

Finally, we ask that you read the class description thoroughly and ask questions so that you are comfortable that this program and the schedule will meet your needs. Student initiated changes will not be permitted.

Descriptions of courses at Fox Valley Career Center are given below. These courses are open to juniors and seniors. On-site Fox Valley Career courses consist of two (2) blocks all year. If there is a charge in addition to the home school fees, it is shown in the description.

On-site Courses

Automotive Technology I introduces a student to the wide field of auto repair. The class is divided into four main areas of study: brakes; steering and suspension; electrical; and engine repair and computer controls. Students will receive classroom instruction and time in lab to complete hands on repairs to vehicles. Students will also be instructed on how to locate service data, determine what is important and use that information to troubleshoot and repair automobiles. Students must supply their own safety glasses and steel toe shoes/boots. Tools will be provided. Fee: $45.00.  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite:  None

Automotive Technology II is an extension of Automotive Technology I. While the focus is still on the four main areas of study from Auto I, the course is project based, and students are allowed input into what topics are covered. Students are encouraged to suggest or bring in their own projects and are given more time in the lab to complete larger repairs. However, all projects must be approved by the instructor. Students must supply their own safety glasses and steel toe shoes/boots. Tools will be provided. Fee: $45.00.  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite:  Auto Tech I

Early Childhood II is a continuation of Early Childhood I. Emphasis is placed on working with infants, children with special needs, and elementary school children. Students are provided opportunities to work in the infant-toddler room at Small World Learning Center or serve as interns in area schools throughout the community. Students explore food and nutrition, various child care programs (Montessori, Head Start, etc.), early childhood theorists and research career opportunities. Students earning a grade of B or better can receive credit for ECE 101: Intro to Early Childhood Education at Waubonsee Community College or ECE 124: Curriculum Planning for the Young Child at Elgin Community College. Fee: $35.00  Grade: 12  Prerequisite: Child Development and Child Care Lab

Electrician I covers a variety of wiring practices involving the use of Romex cable and conduit to construct most of the lighting and receptacle outlet circuits found in modern homes. The course includes units on basic electrical circuits, magnetic motor control circuits and components, National Electrical Code rules, blueprint reading, and meter box and circuit breaker panel wiring. Students will also regularly collect and monitor data from our existing solar panels. Students must supply their own safety glasses and steel toe shoes/boots.  Fee: $30.00  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: None

Electrician II is an extension of the Electrician I course with a heavy emphasis placed on conduit work, more complex circuits and components and a more comprehensive study of state and national electrical codes. The course will also include work on 200 amp service entrance meter box and circuit breaker panel wiring as well as more detailed blueprint reading. The students will design, analyze data, and complete a class project that will incorporate what they have learned to date. Students must supply their own safety glasses and steel toe shoes/boots. Fee: $30.00  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: Electrician I.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will prepare students to become competent, entry-level EMTs in order to serve in volunteer and/or professional career positions in the State of Illinois and area communities. EMT program fulfills the prescribed requirements by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and prepares students to practice the art and science of prehospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. The goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. An EMT primarily provides care to emergency patients in a prehospital setting and serves as a vital member of the healthcare team.

This program is available to students who plan to go into the healthcare or fire science fields, or another area of emergency medical services. Upon completion of EMT, the student is prepared to take the EMT State 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 healthcare provider CPR class. As part of the EMT class, students will complete a minimum of twenty (20) 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), hepatitis B and flu vaccine.

The students must also pass a drug screen and criminal background check.
Fee: $30.00 plus costs for manual/workbook, drug screen, TB test, flu vaccine and background check. Additionally, uniform and equipment costs are approximately $100.00.  Grade: 12  Prerequisite: Grade of B or greater in Biology

Fire Science I:  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. Fire Science is a dual credit program with Waubonsee Community College. There is a processing fee of $5 per credit hour for college credit.
Fee: $45  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: None.

Fire Science II: 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. Fire Science is a dual credit program with Waubonsee Community College. There is a processing fee of $5 per credit hour for college credit.
Fee: $45  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: Fire Science I

Health Occupations–Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT):  Health Occupations introduces the student to various health concepts and trains them to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The CNA is responsible for giving nursing care. This program is available to students who plan to go into the healthcare system. Upon completion of Health Occupations – BNAT, the student is prepared to take the Nurse Aide Training Competency Exam which allows for certification from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Students must provide their own transportation to classes and off-campus clinical sites. Students must pass CPR for Healthcare Providers with an 84% or better and pass all units with a 70% or better to be eligible to sit for the IDPH Nurse Assistant Exam. In addition, students may not miss more than 12 classroom days and 3 clinical days to remain eligible to sit for the exam.  Fee: $30.00 plus costs for a textbook, workbook, drug screen, TB test and background check. Uniform and equipment approximately $60. The State CNA Examination fee is $65.00

Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: Read at an eighth grade level, perform basic math skills, lift 50 pounds with no restrictions, be 16 years of age, and have a valid social security number. Students should show emotional maturity and be in good physical health.

Note: This is a full year course with clinicals.

Special Requirements for Health Occupations:

  • All students must purchase a FVCC scrub uniform and white shoes, ID badge, gait belt and vital sign equipment for clinical sites. Also, a watch with a second hand is mandatory to take vital signs. The law requires all persons involved in patient care at any health agency to have a chest X-ray or 2-step tuberculin skin test and a hepatitis B vaccination series as part of their yearly physical exam. Students must also pass a drug screen and health care worker criminal background check. Students that receive a grade of B or better can receive college credit.

Welding I is an introductory course designed to help students master skills in the following areas: shielded arc welding, gas metal arc welding, tungsten metal arc welding, oxy acetylene welding, bronzing, flame cutting and the fundamentals of weld shop fabrication. Other manufacturing skills include shop and machine maintenance, welding materials and blueprint reading. Welding I students will complete a competency chart. Students must supply their own steel toe shoes/boots, safety glasses, heavy gloves, work shirt, and necessary tools/materials. Fee: $45  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: None, but Introductory Industrial Technology courses are recommended.

Welding II 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 must supply their own steel toe shoes/boots, safety glasses, heavy gloves, work shirt, and necessary tools/materials.
Fee: $45  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite:  Welding I

Satellite Courses  

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.
Fee: 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.  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: None

Cosmetology II 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.
Fees:  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.  Grade: 11-12  Prerequisite: Cosmetology I