Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Scholarship Listing Updated

Seniors should be checking out the 2018-19 scholarship listing. New scholarships are added every few days.  There are currently almost a dozen active scholarships listed.

Scholarship listing may be accessed by clicking on the button on the right column or by clicking here.

Senior Retreat - Coming Up Soon!

We are very excited about the upcoming senior retreat. Over 40 students have picked up registration sheets. The retreat will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Eagle Crest Camp in Washburn.

Some neat facts about the retreat...
-- The retreat is four days in length and nearly 100% led by a group of six seniors.
-- This is the 27th retreat. Over 900 students have attended the retreat over the past thirteen years.
-- If a student would like to attend but cannot afford the retreat ($90), there are some partial and full scholarships available if the student comes to see one of the counselors.

Please see one of the counselors for a registration sheet. The sheets are due by this Friday but can be turned in early next week. See any counselor with questions.

$500 Up for Grabs to an IVC Student

One IVC student will walk away with $500 in this year's Voice of Democracy Contest sponsored by our local VFW. Students need to create a 3-5 minute oral essay on the topic "Why My Vote Matters." The competition is open to all IVC students. Deadline is October 31st. Students should see their counselor for registration sheet and rules.

Topic: Why My Vote Matters
Grades: 9-12
Top Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
Due Date: October 31st
For more details: Ask a Guidance Counselor. Entry forms may be picked up from any English of Social Studies teacher.

Basically students will need to write an essay and then transcribe it to an audio file. It is actually quite simple. The teachers at the high school use many different programs to save audio. Students should ask their English teacher if they are unsure what program to use.

Link to Rules/Application

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Golden Apple Scholarship

The Golden Apple Scholarship is available for any senior who is hoping to study in the education field. Students can trade up to $23,000 of tuition support for beginning their career in a high-need school. More information on this scholarship program can be found at with the application found here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

PSAT/NMSQT October 10th, 2018

Image result for 'psat nmsqt'
The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT. It will test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT. When you get your test results, connect your College Board and Khan Academy®accounts to get free personalized SAT study recommendations.

In addition, when you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

For more information, visit NMSC's website or see the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the Guide to the National Merit® Scholarship Program(for educators). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT.

There are 35 spots available. You can sign up with Mrs. Placher in the guidance office. The test will cost $16.00. Checks can be made out to IVC. Payment must be received before test day. We will test on October 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Breaking Out - Sophomore/Junior Retreat

The Sophomore/Junior Retreat is back and coming up soon.  All sophomores and juniors are invited to sign up for this overnight event. The retreat will have a variety of activities including high ropes course, paintball, duct tape boat building and more. Two days full of fun and challenging teambuilding activities.

When:  Saturday, Oct 13 to Sunday, Oct 14
Where: Great Oaks Camp in Lacon
Cost: $45 (covers all food and activities)

The registration sheet is due to Mr. Kosinski by Friday, Oct. 5th. Feel free to call or email with and questions you may have.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ICC Announces Visit Days for 2018-19

Illinois Central College has released this year's Friday Campus Visit Days. What a great way to visit ICC's campus and learn about different programs offered!

Reserve your spot online at

This year, ICC is grouping programs by 'Career Cluster' on the same visit day to better categorize career fields that share common traits. The full list of days is as follows:

Oct 5th - Health Careers
Oct 26th - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Nov 2nd - Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communication
Nov 30th - Agriculture & Industrial Technologies
Feb 1st - Business, Legal and Information Systems
Feb 22nd - Arts and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities
Mar 1st - Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
Mar 29th - Hospitality & Tourism

Friday, September 21, 2018

Manufacturing Tours 2018!

Image result for 'manufacturing'
Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training (P.E.R.F.E.C.T.) is hosting this year's Manufacturing Tours on Friday, October 19th at Caterpillar 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