Chartered on May 25, 1966 the United Township Area Vocational Center (former name) was the third center approved in Illinois. Established under a joint agreement with United Township High School District #30, the Area Career Center is physically located on the East Moline Campus and United Township serves as the ACC’s fiscal agent. The Area Career Center regularly serves eleventh and twelfth grade students from the following participating school districts; AlWood, Geneseo, Moline, Orion, Riverdale, Rock Island, Rockridge, Sherrard and United Township.
The mission of the Area Career Center is twofold, 1) to provide career and technical education and training for students to be employable and 2) to provide career and technical education and training to meet the needs of business and industry. In order to accomplish this mission the Area Career Center offers Career and Technical programs based on four goals. The first goal is to duplicate career and technical programs offered by surrounding school districts for United Township students. Second, the ACC’s goal is to provide career and technical programs that surrounding school districts do not have the resources (enrollment, financial, etc.) to offer independently. A third goal is to provide career and technical programs that exceed surrounding school district programs in both skills and technology. And finally, the fourth goal is to provide career and technical education and training that is articulated with appropriate post-secondary education and training. Currently, the Area Career Center offers approximately 25 career programs.