Friday, September 21, 2018

Manufacturing Tours 2018!

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Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training (P.E.R.F.E.C.T.) is hosting this year's Manufacturing Tours on Tuesday, October 16th at either Komatsu or Precision followed by lunch and a tour of the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies facility at ICC. Space is limited - contact your Guidance Cousenlor by Friday, September 28th if you are interested!

Calling all Science Students - Student Researcher Program

There is a fantastic program coming up in November for those students interested in the science field. The Ag Lab in Peoria will be hosting a one-day Student Researcher Program for 11th and 12th grade students. Students are selected for this program based on demonstrated skills and merit. Since the program is limited to 48 students in the Peoria area, there is an application process. A program such as this one looks great on college applications.

Students who have interest in the following fields would benefit from attending this one-day program: Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Entomology, Food Technology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Physical Science, Plant Pathology, and Plant Physiology.

Turn in your application to your Guidance Counselor by Friday, September 28th!

College Application Fees Waived!

Some schools will offer fee waivers for all students during a given week of the semester. Check with schools to which you are applying to see if they will have any weeks such as this. Two major ones:

Eastern Illinois University - no application fee through October 15th
Western Illinois University - no application fee the first week of October

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ending the Silence Program at Chillicothe Public Library

Image result for 'ending the silenceThe National Alliance on Mental Health is hosting a program at the Chillicothe Public Library on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 PM on Ending the Silence. The program focuses on helping end the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, warning signs of mental illness, and what steps to take if you or a loved on is showing symptoms. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain an understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Please call the library at 274-2719 with questions.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Caterpillar's ThinkBig Program

Image result for caterpillar think bigAttention Juniors and Seniors! If you are intrested in being a heavy equipment technician but are not sure where to start, check out Altorfer Inc.'s program on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00 - 10:30 at Altorfer, 1 Capitol Drive, East Peoira. Learn about ICC and the Caterpillar ThinkBig Program - a two year hands-on program that includes a paid internship! Click the link below for more information:

ThinkBig Now!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Articulation Unplugged at Illinois State University 2018

On September 17th, Illinois State University held its annual State Articulation day. This is an informative opportunity for counselors to meet with different public and private universities to obtain yearly updates to Illinois' higher education institutions. The following two links highlight our discussion:

12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois
Gives a one-page look at each state university. Includes enrollment data, tuition, important contacts and dates, and some financial aid info.

State Universities at a Glance
A multi-page booklet that lists a ton of infor for state universities including: a comparative list of available majors, freshman requirements, important deadlines, and financial information.

In addition, we attended a college fair with over 100 colleges and universities and received an abundance of information in regards to schools and their different programs. Please see your counselor for additional information on your college choice or major.

Monday, September 17, 2018

ISAC Representative to IVC

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) representative Emily Blankenship will be at IVC on Friday, October 5th from Noon - 3:00 to help any student and their parent(s) fill out the FAFSA and answer any questions about all things Financial Aid. Stop in to see her on a first-come, first-serve basis or contact the Guidance department to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Financial Aid Presentation (9/12/18)

Image result for 'financial aid'We had a great turn out at ISAC's Financial Aid Presentation last night! Representative Emily Blankenship gave an overview of different types of aid such as grants, loans, and scholarships. If you were unable to attend, or attended but have additional questions, here is a link to the presentation:
Financial Aid Presentation

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Off to College Guide

All seniors received this year's Off to College Guide at the senior meeting last week. The guide is packed information such as: timelines, factors to consider, college open houses, keys to the process, important website links, and steps to writing a great essay.

The guide can be accessed by clicking this link.

To see the powerpoint of the whole senior class presentation, click here.

SAT - October Test Deadline Approaches

The deadline for the October 6th SAT is coming up. Any senior who plans to retake the SAT should sign up ASAP. All juniors will be taking the test in April.  To register, students should go to The closest testing center is ICC in
East Peoria.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Homecoming Coming Soon!!!

Homecoming week will be here soon (September 17th-22nd to be exact)!!! This is a great way to meet new people, get involved with your class, and have FUN!! Float building starts two weeks before homecoming . If you want to help your class, reach out to the class sponsors for schedules (float, hall decorations, & skit).

The following people are class sponsors:

Freshmen: Mrs. Aldrich & Ms. Dukes

Sophomore: Mr. Williams & Mr. Mercer

Junior: Mrs. Placher & Mrs. Bogner

Senior: Mr. Kosinski & Mrs. Heth

Monday, August 27, 2018

Off to College Breakfast

Important Dates for Seniors & Their Parents

Below is a list of important dates this year with a short description of each. We encourage seniors and parents to attend as many of these programs as possible. For more info on any of them, please call (309) 274-5481 x2.
Off to College Breakfast 
Friday, Sept 7th
8:00 a.m. - Chillicothe Library
This is our 10th year offering an Off to College Breakfast at the Chilli library. The breakfast will cover the application process, some of the ins and outs of college, tips for parents, and more.  The program lasts about 45-60 minutes.
Financial Aid/Scholarship Night
Wednesday, Sept 12th  
6:00 p.m. - IVC Library 
A representative from the IL Student Assistance Commission will be at IVC to present a program on financial aid and scholarships. This program is very informative, especially for those parents who are new to the college application process.

FAFSA Night - Wednesday, October 17th
6:00 p.m. - IVC Library
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be tricky sometimes. This program is designed to help you navigate the application and make the process much easier.

High-Tech Ag and Diesel Technology Career Expo

High-Tech Ag & Deisel 
TechnologyCareer Fair
Thurs, Sep 13 @ 4:00-7:30 pm
East Peoria Campus
AIT Building

A drone flies high above rows of corn with pinpoint accuracy. A tractor navigates itself through the field. A service technician troubleshoots an issue for a customer’s machine through remote technology.

ICC will feature these tools of the trade, and more, for today’s agriculture, diesel technology and construction industry careers at its High-Tech Ag and Diesel Career Expo on Thurs., Sept 13 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm in the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies (AIT) Building on the East Peoria Campus.

For more info, click here.  Deadline to reserve a spot is September 7th.

Parchment - What is it?

Parchment is the electronic transcript site that makes sending transcripts simple. It is completely free for all students currently in high school.  The best takes about 2 minutes to go on the site and request a transcript.  The counselors then click an approve button and the colleges have the transcript. It is the only way that transcripts will be sent to colleges, universities, NCAA, etc.

Reminder to seniors: You must register using the email that was sent to your school email from Parchment. Registration takes about 5-10 minutes but will only need to be done once. After you are registered, ordering transcripts couldn't be simpler.  

Note to Parents: The student must sign up for Parchment using the link to his/her school email address. Any accounts using other email addresses will not work because the account will not be properly linked to our school.  Please encourage the students to set up the account as soon as possible. It is the only way transcripts will be sent.