Students must sign up for any of the visits that are not held during lunch.  If no students are signed up that visit will be canceled so please make sure to sign up if you are interested.
Sign up sheet is outside of Mrs. Dixon's window. 

WHEN:  Wed, Nov 7 - 5:30pm - 7pm
WHERE:  Woodward Tech Center on RVC's Campus
Students interested in engineering are invited to learn how you can get an engineering degree from Northern Illinois University while attending classes on the campus of Rock Valley College. This information session will be offered on Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. OR Nov 7th  at Rock Valley College. 
To register visit:  go.niu.edu/niuatrvcinfo

WHEN: Tues, Nov 27th - 6pm-7pm
WHERE: Severson Dells Nature Center

Severson Dells and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District will be hosting an Open House to provide information on their Conservation & Environmental Science Career Exploring Post they will offer to area youth, ages 14-20.  

The Open House will be held on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Severson Dells Nature Center.  Parents and interested youth are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program and register to join the Post.

The Exploring program assists youth in learning more about career fields in conservation, outdoor education, and environmental science while developing leadership skills.  Programs often involve tours, job shadowing, youth leadership opportunities and meeting people in the professional community that they are interested in pursuing.

For more information about Exploring Posts, you can visit www.exploring.org.

This program will be capped at 20 youth so make sure to make contact with Ann to reserve a spot in the program!

Contact:  Ann Wasser, Director of Education and Research at Severson Dells Nature Center

Phone:  (815) 335-2915 (office)

Email:  ann@seversondells.org

WHEN:  Tues, December 4th from 5pm - 7pm
WHERE: Mendelssohn Hall Performing Arts Center, 
406 N. Main St, Rockford, IL
Visit booths to speak to representatives from many local organizations who can advise on financial aid and scholarships. 
Two seminars are offered at 5:15pm and 6:15pm.
Seminar offered at 5:15pm and 6:15pm
The financial aid process. Applying for FAFSA, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and applying for RVC foundation Scholarships. 
Seminar offered at 5:15 and 6:15pm
Community Foundation Scholarship opportunities, including how to apply, and Rockford Public Library's local scholarship database and scholarship resources. 

SAT / PSAT / NMSQT Information:
PSAT 8/9 for all 8th & 9th graders will be held Wed, October 19th.

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th & 11th graders will be held Oct 24th.   

Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT

Take charge of your education and learn as much as you can! Go to the College Board website to find out about the new SAT. 

REGISTER yourself on the College Board at:

You can get Official SAT Practice at:
Log in and set up an account and when prompted agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. When you sign up for an account at College Board hit "Send" to send your test results to Khan Academy.

Another website to go for SAT/PSAT Practice is:


Attention Male Students:

SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION is the law and you should register within 30 days of your 18th birthday. A valid social security number is required for online registration.

You can register with Selective Service at: https://www.sss.gov/

If you do not have a social security number, you must register by filling out a paper registration form, signing, and mailing it.

Male students who fail to register with Selective Service are ineligible for Federal student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and Stafford Loans. Several states have also made Selective Service registration a prerequisite for state financial aid as well as the application process at public colleges and universities.

Students are always welcome to stop in to see Mrs. Dixon with questions.

Planning for college can seem overwhelming, but it's a lot easier with the right tools just a click away. And it’s even better when those tools are free! Use the ISAC Student Portal to help you choose a college, learn about careers, find scholarships, simplify the financial aid process, learn how to budget your money, and much more. You can even connect with one of our ISACorps counselors for one-on-one help or to find a workshop in your area!
Go to:

More Useful Links:

Mapping Your Future:  http://mappingyourfuture.org/
This site was built to help students plan for higher education by offering reliable and unbiased money management advice and counseling for college and beyond.

College Xpress


What's Next Illinois
Federal Student Aid

Career Resources:

Illinois WorkNet
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Guide to Industries

Career Cruising

O*NET Resource Center

Illinois Student Assistance Commissions

Public Service Careers

Career Vision's Newsletter - free but there is a charge for their services that is the responsibility of the individual student/family.

Job Resources:
Illinois WorkNet

America's Job Bank

(check back often for updates!

Click this link to watch an informational video on CFNIL (Community Foundation of Northern Illinois)

Other Useful Scholarship Sites:
Scholarships.com - Free College Scholarships

Fastweb.com - Offers registration for both scholarship and college searches.

Scholarship PowerPoint

Stacie Dixon

Academic Advisor

815.248.2171 x  115