Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative

Make it happen.

In a world of uncertain job availability and competition over skilled workers to fill roles, employers look for a well-rounded candidate possessing the skills needed to move their companies  forward. At Wawasee Area Career & Technical Cooperative, the goal is simple: Provide students with the exact training they need to obtain employment in their chosen field. A career defines an individual and gives a gratifying sense of purpose, which our past students can appreciate.

You know deep down what you want to do, and we can help you get there. Real-life training and talented instructors mean that we’ll get you there faster.  You’re committed to getting into the job you want, and you can rely on your training at WACTC to take you there. Use our innovative dual credits to get to the finish line faster, business partnerships to gain in-the-field experience and our educational system to show the world you’re up for the task.

WACTC is the next step in your path to a successful career. What are you waiting for? Enroll today.

News Brief

SkillsUSA Competition

We had a great weekend for our State SkillsUSA conference! This year’s conference had 883 students competing in over 92 different competition areas in Career and Technology. We had great competitors:

  • Gold: Entrepreneurship Team: Esmeralda Ibarra (WN) and Beatrice Harlen (FHS)
  • Silver: Entrepreneurship Team: Jasmine Griffith (WN), Ilhen Lopez-Garcia (WN), Monica Guerrero (WN) and Kaitlyn Vincent (FHS)
  • Silver: Esthetics: Leslie Hernandez and Yazmen Flores (Both WN)

We also had for the first time state officers elected for the SkillsUSA 2014-15 year:

  • Olivia Huffman (WHS)
  • Jacob Weber (WHS)
  • Carly Moore (FHS)

We will be traveling to Kansas City, MO for our national conference which will be June 23-27. Attendees and supporters alike will be shocked at the amount of students, instructors and directors at the conference. SkillsUSA takes over Kansas City for this week, bringing over 9,000 students from all over the United States to compete in over 90-plus Career and Technology areas.

“It is such an honor to have such great kids from our small cooperative as we have represented the state of Indiana for the past four years now,” says Lisa Firestone, senior cosmetology instructor at Fairfield High School.

Please make sure to congratulate these students!


Mission Statement

The mission of the Wawasee Area Career & Technical Cooperative is to provide the opportunity for every student to be successful in a career:


We believe:

  • All students have the right to explore and select an appropriate career pathway.
  • All students have the right to happiness and fulfillment in a chosen career.
  • Career/technical education allows students to learn in a variety of settings.
  • Learning is a lifelong process.
  • All students should acquire skills that enable them to successfully make a smooth transition from education to careers.

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Making Education Work for You

The Wawasee Area Career and Technical Cooperative (WACTC) is excited to help students find their way in the challenges of preparing for prosperous careers. We introduce students to high wage, high demand career choices to help you learn today and earn tomorrow. Through academic relevance, our Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs are designed to teach you academics with real-world application. Many of our programs offer dual credits at little or no cost to help you get a jumpstart on your career.

With our business partnerships, technology in the classrooms, student organizations in every CTE area and teachers who have experience in business and industry, we are here to help you develop the skills you need for your future career. Be sure to check out our career options, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

- Kim Nguyen, WACTC Director

1365792018_02_calendarHow to Enroll in a WACTC Course

Freshmen should discuss enrolling in Career & Technical Education courses at the first meetings with their high school counselors. Sophomores and juniors should enroll for junior and senior level classes during their school’s regular scheduling sessions. For more information about any of these programs, students should contact their school’s guidance department.



CTSO’s (Career and Technical Student Organizations)


Topic of Study


Indiana FFA Association


All Schools

All Skills USA Indiana



All Skills USA Indiana



All Skills USA Indiana

Culinary Arts


Supermileage Car



Robotics Club



Business Professionals of America (BPA)



Association for Students in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management (DECA)



Finance, Hospitality, and Management (DECA) Business WHS Family, Career, & Community Leaders



Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)