The vast majority of lessons happen on job sites where students put their hands and construction skills to work as part of the building trades program at the Whiteside Area Career Center.

For almost five decades, Tom DePasquale has helped been a fixture in the education community in the Sauk Valley, spending many years at Sterling High School and the last 10 at Rock Falls High School as a counselor, teen leadership adviser, and assistant track & field coach.

Navy vet joins Sauk Valley Community College as an adjunct biology professor and former Army Reserves combat medic is now providing technology service at Dixon Public Schools.