Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Parchment - What is going on?

We have been experiencing some problems with Parchment Transcript Exchange. For roughly two weeks, everything was working perfectly. Things went a bit crazy after that. Some of the students are being charged a fee, some are not. It has been a bit of a mess.  Here is as much as we know:

1) No IVC student should have to pay. The service is free.
2) Parchment is working to fix the problem. Apparently it is not just our school.
3) If a student has been charged by Parchment, he or she will receive a refund.
4) Students should try Parchment to see if they can order a transcript without being charged a fee.
5) If there is a fee, students should come see their counselor and request a transcript to be sent. We will send those transcripts out via US mail until problem is fixed.

Sorry for the inconvenience.  It has been a bit frustrating for all. Thanks.

UPDATE: Parchment should now be working. Please notify us if it tries to charge a fee.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

The FAFSA Application opens up in just a few days. Although our FAFSA night is not until October 20th, students and parents may choose to start the process on October 1st. To help students and parents out with the process, we wanted to share an article that caught our attention.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Open House- OSF School of Nursing

November 5th, 2016           
9 am- Noon 

Attention all seniors interested in a healthcare career. There is an open house at OSF- School of Nursing. We highly encourage each of our students to attend open houses to gather as much information as possible about post-secondary options.

Please see your guidance counselor if you have any questions!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nurse for a Day

Nurse for a Day
Thursday, October 27th
OSF College of Nursing
Open to 10th-12th graders - Limit of 5 per school

Nurse for a Day gives interested students a great opportunity to learn what it takes to be a nurse. The day is a combination of hands on experiences and discussions with current nurses and nursing students.

We are limited to bringing only 5 students so interested students must see their counselor as soon as possible. The spots will fill pretty quickly.

There is no charge. Students will meet at school. Transportation will be provided by IVC.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Financial Aid Presentation

Image result for 'financial aidOver 50 people attended last night's financial aid presentation. For those not in attendance, Mikalynn Waddell spoke on the differences, both positive and negative, between grants, scholarships, and loans. The presentation can be found under the Guidance Presentations on the right hand side of the page or by clicking here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Golden Apple Scholarship for Education Majors

Image result for 'golden apple scholarship'The Gold 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.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Off to College Meeting Condensed to 10 Minutes

On Friday, the counseling department sponsored an Off to College Breakfast for parents. We spent about an hour or so covering the college exploration and application process. This video is a condensed 10 minute version of that meeting. It will not answer all of your questions but hopefully be a good starting point.

On Wednesday, September 21st, the counseling department will be hosting a financial aid night in the IVC library. A representative from ISAC (Illinois Student Assistance Commission) will be speaking and cover a lot of the items touched on toward the end of the video.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Attention Juniors: The PSAT/NMSQT is October 19th, 2016!!!!

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     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 — in a way that makes sense for your grade level. 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'swebsite 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.

We will test on October 19th, 2016 at 8:00 am. We will test all juniors in preparation for the SAT in the spring. For the 2016 school year, there is no fee to take the test. We will be sending out more information in the upcoming weeks. Please talk to your child's guidance counselor for more details.

Lastly, please visit the following website for additional PSAT/NMSQT information:

Schools Visiting IVC

Throughout the school year, many schools will be visiting IVC. More schools are added every day.  In order to stay updated of which schools are visiting, check out the Guidance Calendar on the upper left portion of the homepage.

It is to the student's advantage to meet with the admission reps when they visit. Many schools actually keep track of how many times a student has met with them whether it be at a college fair, campus tour or school visit. Students can sign up for school visits in the Guidance Office.

Some upcoming school visits include:
Sept 21st - Licoln College
Sept 29th - Illinois College
Oct 11th - Truman State University, Michigan Tech, Blackburn College
Oct 12th - Eureka College
Oct 18th - Illinois State University
Oct 19th - U of I-Champaign, SIU-E, MacMurray College
Oct 26th - Monmouth College

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Illinois PaCE: Postsecondary and Career Expectations

As part of Illinois' Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act, the Illinois Board of Education outlined what a student should know at the end of each year of high school to help ensure readiness for life after high school. The IVC Guidance departments meets with students both as a class and on a 1-on-1 basis to discuss the career exploration process as well as post-secondary plans. Students are always encouraged to stop by to see their counselor with any questions.

By the end of 9th grade, a student should know:
  • One or two career clusters for further exploration and development
  • The relationship between high school coursework, attendance, and grades to post-secondary plans
  • Importance of community service and extracurricular activities to post-secondary and career plans
By the end of 10th grade, a student should know:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

$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 "My Responsibility to America." The competition is open to all IVC students. Deadline is October 31st. Students should see their counselor for registration sheet and rules.

Topic: My Responsibility to America
Top Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
Due Date: October 31st
For more details: Ask a Guidance Counselor

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 form

Monday, September 12, 2016

Off to College Breakfast

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Don't forget to join the IVC Guidance Department for an Off to College Breakfast FRIDAY September 16th at 8:00 AM at the Chillicothe Public Library. Reservations not needed. Call IVC Guidance at 274-5481 with questions.

Friday, September 9, 2016

ICC College Night

ICC Announces 2016-17 Visit Days

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

Reserve your spot online at

The full list of visit days is as follows:
Sept. 23 - Health Careers
Sept. 30 - Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Oct. 7 - Agriculture/Horticulture

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Start the College Exploration Process Online

College exploration can be a daunting task. Many websites help bring that college exploration to your fingertips.  Here are a few sites that hopefully ease the process a bit.

U.S. News and World Report - Great starting spot for exploration process. Well known for their college rankings, U.S. News has great information about college. New rankings come out next week on September 13th. Check them out at

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) - We highlight ISAC in the college links on the right side of the blog because of what a great resource it is for students and parents. Contains a ton of information with regard to financial aid and scholarships.  Descriptions of different loans and grants available to students.  There is also help available for filling out FAFSA.

Big Future by The College Board - This website is so jam packed with information that you could spend days and days looking at valuable info. Categories include: Finding Colleges, Exploring Colleges, Paying for College, and Getting In.