Monday, June 11, 2018

ICC's Apprenticeship Program Open for Fall!

ICC is offering qualified applicants the chance to get paid in a high-demand job, while also attending school to earn an associate degree. These programs combine job related credit courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences. An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job and comes with substantial training and the development of transferable skills, which is beneficial to the employer and the employee. The goal for the apprenticeship programs is to provide workers with advanced skill sets that meet the specific needs of employers, using a flexible learning approach.

The Fall 2018 Industrial Maintenance program is now accepting applications. Click here for more information.

*** Additional Information as of 6/19/18***

Illinois Central College will host two informational recruitment sessions to choose from for potential students interested in learning about its new industrial maintenance apprenticeship program and other programs. The programs are focused on helping students connect with employers from the beginning of their education and attend college for little to no cost.

Event 1: Tues., June 26, from 5-7 p.m. at Arbor Hall at the Peoria Campus

Event 2: Fri., June 29, from 10 a.m.-Noon at the Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Building at the East Peoria Campus

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

To be or not to be.....isn't that the question Seniors? How do you pick a college major?

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Choosing a college major can be quite the task! Your guidance counselor, the Department of Awesome, has probably encouraged job shadowing, or different career expos. In addition, we have suggested researching different areas. There are many college major quizzes online that can give you a general idea of where your interests lie. For example, check out College Major Quiz! Other ways to align a college major to your interests is to consider the following:

Service Trip to Michigan

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Each year a group of students head to northern Michigan to do service work on a Native American Reservation. This year will be our 7th year taking the trip. Click link to the right to see the presentation.

Who:    Open to all IVC Students
When:  June 20-29
Where: Kewadin, MI (Grand Traverse Reservation)
Why:    Gives students a chance to learn about another culture while helping a group of people who could use our help.
Cost:     $250 (scholarships are available. Contact Mark Kosinski at

Below is a video from the trip that was produced a few years ago.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Transitional Math Class

For the upcoming school year, IVC will be offering a transitional math for seniors.

What is a transitional math class? 

This class will be offered to seniors who have taken Algebra II but may not feel prepared to take Pre-Calculus class. It is intended to bridge the gap between high school and college mathematics.

What are the benefits?

  • Students will have a math class senior year. A year off of math is very difficult for students when taking math in college, trade school, etc. This class gives them an option that is not Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus.
  • Students will successfully complete the class will not have to take a math placement test if attending a junior college. This class is the equivalent of MATH 099 at ICC.
  • Students successfully completing the class will automatically be placed in a credit bearing class if attending a junior college. This will save students the money and time of taking a non-credit bearing math class.
The counselors are strongly encouraging ALL seniors to take some type of math class now that there is a level for everyone. In the next few weeks we will be chatting with all of next year's seniors about math.

Early Graduation

The early graduation process at IVC has been formalized for this upcoming school year. This morning, the Guidance Department and Administration met with the current junior class to explain the idea of early graduation and what the process of early graduation looks like.

The early graduation process will include an application and interview for interested students. To better explain the process, a list of frequently asked questions follows.

What are the requirements to graduate early?

Students must have completed all graduation requirements, have a specific post-secondary plan, and provide documentation of authenticity of a post-secondary plan. Students must complete and submit the Early Graduation Application Form by June 1st prior to senior year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Materials Engineering Camp

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Attention all students entering their Junior or Senior year! The Peoria chapter of ASM Materials is hosting a week long summer camp for students who are interested in Engineering. This camp is FREE to all selected participants. Camp runs from July 23 - July 26 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Applications are due May 11th and can be found here. Contact Laura Davis at or by calling 274-5481 with questions.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

The Guidance Department will be featuring all of the places the seniors will be heading off to next year. Whether it is college, the military, or the workforce, we want to know.

Seniors are encouraged to fill out the one question form that was emailed to them this morning. They can also just stop by Guidance and let a counselor know. Their names will be added to the bulletin board.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Calling all Parents - Career Fair

On September 12th, the Guidance Dept. will be hosting the first annual Job & Career Fair at IVC High School. Our goal is to expose and educate students to possible careers and jobs available to them.

Career portion of fair - Share info with students about what it takes to go into a specific career. What other careers are similar or related to chosen field?

Job portion of fair - Area businesses share procedures with students on how to apply for job openings at their business.

How can parents help? - We would love to have parents participate in the event in either portion of the fair. We are looking for a wide variety of careers and businesses to be represented.

September 12, 2018    9:00-1:00
IVC Auxiliary Gym

Please call the Guidance Department to reserve a spot. (309) 274-5481 x2

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 SIUE Engineering Summer Camps

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Two identical week-long residential camps are being offered at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville for all current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors interested in various engineering disciplines as well as computer science and construction management. Session 1 is June 3 - 8 and Session 2 runs from June 10 - 15. The deadline to register for one of these camps is April 30, 2018. More information can be found at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Local Scholarships Due Friday!!

This is a reminder to all seniors that all of your scholarship applications and supporting materials are due to Mrs. Placher Friday, March 24th at 3:30 - no exceptions! Anything turned in after 3:30 will not be counted toward submission.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Service Academy Night

On April 23rd, Congressman Darin LaHood’s office will host this years’ “Service Academy Night” for students and their families. This is an informational meeting open to all high school students, parents, school administrators, and guidance counselors. The program is held to educate students on general information about all five US Service Academies, how to begin the application process, how to prepare for the physical aptitude test, and the character requirements necessary for applicants. Each of the academies will have representatives on-hand to provide detailed information about qualifications and the application process. These programs are held annually for students interested in attending any of the following prestigious education institutions:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

IVC will host a Financial Aid Night this Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00 in the high school library. The presentation is intended mainly for juniors and their parents. All areas of financial aid will be covered, some in more detail than others. Financing college can be a very confusing topic. Stop by for the hour-long presentation to get a better idea of the different aspects of the process.

Call the Guidance Department with any questions (309) 274-5481 x2.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Helen Jordan Truitt Application and Workshop

The Helen Jordan Truitt Scholarship was established in 1987. Since its inception, the Truitt Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $2 million.  Last year $90,000 was awarded to four IVC students.

Students are invited to apply for a Truitt Scholarship. The criteria for eligibility was established by the Truitt Foundation, not IVC High School.

Local Scholarship Applications Released

Seniors met in the auditorium this morning during HR period and were given a list of all the available local scholarships. Click here for presentation. Last year, over 40 scholarships were awarded totaling over $140,000. Although we do not have exact figures for all of this year's scholarships, it is pretty fair to expect an amount very similar to last year.

To view scholarship list, click here. Although parents are welcome to look at the scholarship list, only students can stop in the guidance office to pick up the applications. The exception is the Cusac application which is available as a link on the right. The presentation listed in Scholarship section includes the projected monetary awards. Most of the amounts are accurate but there are adjustments possible.

Note: Many scholarships ask for ACT score. Students can write in their SAT score also.

All scholarships due Friday, March 23rd at 3:30. No late applications will be accepted.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ICC Scholarship Information

Attention Seniors! If you are planning to attend Illinois Central College during the 2018-2019 school year, you should apply for scholarship assistance now! The deadline is April 1st, 2018. The application can be completed online at Students complete ONE online    application to apply for every ICC Foundation Scholarship. Please see your guidance counselor if you have any questions.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A How-to-Guide to Freshman Registration

Planning a schedule for freshman year can be quite an intimidating process. Hopefully this blog post will help students and parents through the process. Registration sheets are due by Tuesday, February 20th to the student's grade school main office. Class selection should also be inputted into TeacherEase before Monday (for those students with access to TeacherEase.)

The front side of the registration sheet is the demographic portion. It is important that it be filled out completely since the information will be entered into the computer system.

Please click below for further instructions...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Health Career Experience at ICC

Illinois Central College has invited local high schools to their campus on Friday March 23rd for the Health Career Experience. IVC is allowed to take 10 students to explore different health career fields. There will be several hands on activities, including an anatomy dissection. Please see your counselor if you are interested.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CNA Deadline Approaching!

Image result for 'cna'The ICC Nursing Assistant program deadline is Wednesday, January 31st! Any current sophomore or junior interested in a medical field after high school is strongly encouraged to apply to this one semester program. Upon successful completion of these courses, students are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program (NACEP) and become certified in the State of Illinois. See your counselor for the application and with questions.

Class Registration Dates

The meetings with counselors regarding class registration has begun.  Below is a general time frame of when students will be seen. This is just a rough estimate of when students will be called to see their counselor.

To be Seniors  -  January 22 - February 2
To be Juniors  -  February 5 - February 16
To be Sophomores - February 19 - March 2
To be Freshmen - Meeting Feb 2&5, Sheets due Feb 20

Local Scholarship Dates Announced

Each year, over $140,000 is given out in local scholarships. These scholarships range from $250 to $75,000.  Last year, there were 45 different scholarships awarded to graduating seniors.  With the growing cost of college, every penny helps.

Here is a breakdown of the upcoming dates...

Tuesday, February 20th  - Local Scholarship Meeting - Extended HR

Students will see a presentation on all of the available scholarships. They will also receive a handout which lists each scholarship.  That sheet will be posted on this blog on the 20th for all students and parents to view. Students must be the ones to pick up scholarship applications from Mrs. Placher. Parents may not pick up the applications for the student. Students must pick up their own scholarship applications.

Click below for the rest of the dates.

Monday, January 22, 2018

PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9

We will be administering the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT 10 on Wednesday, February 28th. All freshmen and sophomores will start testing at 8am. They will need two No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) and a calculator. There is no fee associated.

The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. It uses the same specifications as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the PSAT 10. The assessment establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The PSAT 10 continues to check on students' progress and pinpoints areas for development.

If you have any questions, please see your counselor.

Friday, January 19, 2018

ICC Honors Program - Deadline for Fall Approaching

ICC established an Honors Program to recognize those who exhibit academic excellence. Consisting of enriched forms of existing courses, Honors sections are based on active student participation through research assignments, in-depth class discussion, group projects and independent study. Students may also enhance leadership skills in community service activities.

This program is limited to fifty participants, selected by a faculty-staff committee. Honors students receive a waiver of tuition (not including books or fees) for up to 64 credit courses in which they are enrolled and receive recognition on his/her academic transcript and at our commencement ceremony.

Qualifications to Apply

Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on ACT (composite score of 27) or SAT scores and other factors including but not limited to: high school GPA, extra-curricular involvement, a letter of interest and recommendations.

Candidates must be an in-district student who has not yet earned an associate or bachelor degree.

To remain in the program, Honors students must maintain a full-time course load, a GPA of cumulative 3.35 or better and must enroll in two Honors sections of general education courses per semester.

The application for the Honors Program is due February 15th. More information can be found at

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Student Election Judges Needed

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Peoria County is looking for qualified students to serve as election judges at the upcoming 2018 election cycle. These students must be a US citizen, be a high school junior or senior in good standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and complete a mandatory 2 hour training class. This is a paying position for students! Students do not have to be old enough to vote to apply to work as an election judge. Interested students should click here for more information including a link to the application. See your guidance counselor with questions.