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If you have any scheduling questions for next year, please contact one of the counselors and we will do our best to help you. With the current situation, we are not currently taking in-person appointments until August. See the following to determine which counselor you should contact for any questions you may have:

Incoming Freshmen and Sophomores: Mrs. Russell Russell@wcusd15.org

Incoming Juniors and Seniors: Mrs. Chladny Chaldnyh@wcusd15.org


Get started on your HVACR career this summer! Hybrid, online and hands-on classes.

Click HVACR@LLCC for more info!

Questions about the program? For more information contact LLCC Applied and Emerging Technologies by emailing AETech@llcc.edu, or by calling 217-786-2750.


College Admissions and Financial Aid Seminar

State Representative Mike Murphy and experts from the University of Illinois System are hosing a free seminar on how college financing works, the different resources available to fund a college education, how the college admissions process works and other important topics to inform students and parents about the logistics of starting college. The seminar is focused on general college information, not just the University of Illinois System. Additional brochures and informational materials will be available at the seminar.


North County Teen Court Juror Applications

If you are interested in applying to be a juror on the North County Teen Court, please see the guidance department. This program provides an alternative for the local police departments for first time juvenile offenders. Jurors hear cases in which the offender had admitted to guilt to committing an offense. Hearings are held once a month for Riverton offenders at the Williamsville Fire Department by Williamsville jurors.


Exploring College Options: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford admissions staff will be offering an evening program on September 18 in Champaign Illinois. The event will include presentations describing each institution and provide up-to-date information about selection practices and financial aid opportunities. Details are on the following website www.exploringcollegeoptions.org.



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need to make an appointment to see a counselor?

How to Make an Appointment:

Students in the building should complete a "Guidance Appointment" form and return it to Mrs. Bryant. If you have an immediate concern, a counselor will see you as soon as possible.

College resources during Covid19 & for Fall 2020


LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

UPDATE 5/13/20:

LLCC’s financial aid office is offering free, personalized financial aid assistance and help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Current and future LLCC students are invited to schedule a one-on-one, “Moving Forward” Zoom meeting with a financial aid advisor any weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 217-786-2237 or emailing financial.aid@llcc.edu.

UPDATE 5/7/20:

Due to COVID19, it was necessary to postpone our on campus info events and develop virtual opportunities… so we created the “Virtual LLCC Experience” series. Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to attend the Virtual LLCC Experience via Zoom on one of the following dates:

  • May 20, 6-8 p.m.
  • June 9, 3-5 p.m.
  • June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to enroll in and pay for college, majors, career training programs, student support services, student life and more. Registration for the Virtual LLCC Experience is required by noon the day of the event. To reserve a spot, please complete the Registration Form

If prospective students are unable to attend, they can Schedule a virtual visit with a LLCC representative!

Get your questions answered about starting at LLCC by scheduling a virtual visit with me, Emily, Kim, Holly, Lori or Tisha. For students that have applied and need extra help with the rest of the steps to enroll, they can book a meeting with Chris!

Students can also explore our website to learn about our many academic and career programs, support services and student life activities.

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  • LLCC has developed an additional way for interested students to connect with LLCC Staff. Incoming and Prospective students are now able to book a "Virtual Visit/Meeting" with outreach center, recruitment, and enrollment transitions staff! Students can choose from a variety of services as well as select their own day, time and method of meeting. For more information, please visit https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/LLCCPublicRelationsMarketingandRecruitment@llcconline.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/
  • LLCC offering summer courses online with no online fees. SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College has announced that summer classes will be offered online and students will pay no online fees. “LLCC wants to support students during these uncertain times,” said Charlotte Warren, Ph.D., LLCC president. “To remove one financial barrier for students, LLCC will refund online fees for summer courses. Students will only pay our regular summer tuition and fees.” “The LLCC Board of Trustees is in full support of this extra assistance we are offering students,” she continued. “It is vital that we keep students moving forward with transfer courses, healthcare and career programs that are so needed in our communities.” Certain science, career and technical classes will meet online for the first half of the summer term, June 8-July 2, with lab and hands-on learning planned for the second half, July 6-30. Students who have already paid the online fee for summer will be reimbursed. Students registering for summer going forward will not pay the online fee. LLCC regular summer tuition is $131.50 per credit hour for in-district students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. More details are available at www.llcc.edu/tuition-and-fees. Summer registration is currently open, and registration for fall classes begins April 16. More information on enrolling at LLCC is available at www.llcc.edu/getting-started. With all instruction and offices currently operating remotely, LLCC has introduced a virtual tour for prospective students at www.llcc.edu/virtual-tour. Dr. Warren said plans for an alternate celebration for 2020 graduates will be announced soon.


WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

NEW! 5/1/20

WIU has opened our application for admission to high school juniors, and both juniors and seniors can apply from now through May 31 for free at wiu.edu/apply. Our full scholarship program is also in place and will remain in place throughout the summer so students can maximize their decision time. We know in this period of uncertainty students may need more time this year to make their college plans final.

And, we recognize the challenges current seniors have had to take or retake the SAT/ACT this spring, and understand current juniors have not yet had the opportunity to take the SAT/ACT. To support students in their college admission process, WIU has revised our admission criteria so students with a 2.75 GPA/4.0 scale or higher can qualify for test optional admission, and will holistically review students with a 2.74 GPA or lower. Students must continue to have at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered for admission.

WIU also offers dual enrollment courses, and interested students, parents and school staff can attend a virtual live event on Tuesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. to find out more. Find details online atwiu.edu/highschool.

Our admissions team is available to meet with students and appointments can be scheduled online on our Meet Your Counselor website. Our virtual campus tour continues to be available as well.

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  • We recognize the challenges that you are facing due to the coronavirus, and are waiving our application fee through June 1 to help you and your and your students. Our application is open for Fall 2021 as well as Fall 2020, so juniors and seniors are welcome to apply for admission!
  • Given current world events, I wanted to connect and assure you that Western Illinois University is prepared to help your students. We are excited for the fall 2020 class to join us!
  • We have various ways that students can reach us. A new virtual tour will be available soon, and our admissions counselors can meet with students virtually, as well as via e-mail, text and phone. Students can discuss next steps, signing up for summer orientation and securing their housing contract, and financial aid.
  • The virtual tour can be accessed at wiu.edu/visit.
  • To schedule a virtual meeting with an admissions counselor, please have your students contact their counselor directly, complete our online virtual counselor meeting request, or let me know and I can connect them.
  • Also, to help alleviate uncertainty and support students, we are opening new student registration early this year. Students will have the opportunity to connect with an academic advisor virtually and register for classes from the comfort of their home, through their student portal, beginning April 1.
  • WIU is continuing our rolling admissions policy and students can still apply for fall. Our full scholarship program is also in place and students can continue to receive the full array of scholarships for which they are qualified.


TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY

  • Our Truman community knows that this is a time of adjustment for schools all around the country in response to COVID-19. As a result of school closures and precautionary measures, our Office of Admission has suspended all on-campus visits and travel to high schools. Though, just as the students and staff at Williamsville High School have been adjusting, our office is providing alternative visit options for students and families. These include Virtual Visits with an admission counselor and a virtual campus tour!
  • For those students who have questions about the response and precautions that Truman is taking at this time, our TruAlert page has helpful FAQ information.

Given that we have Truman applicants for Fall 2020 from Williamsville High School, I wanted to provide you with additional information about adjustments to our admission process to reduce the stress on students and families.

  • As always, we do not have a decision deadline! Students still have time to submit application materials if they have not yet completed their application.
  • In response to the rescheduling of ACT and SAT testing, we have extended our deadline for accepting final test scores to the end of July for students entering Truman for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Students can send us their high school transcripts with 6 or 7 completed semesters and we will be able to consider them for admission. We are accepting unofficial transcripts for admission purposes for the Fall 2020 semester.


ILLINOIS COLLEGE

NEW! 4/29/20

We have recently announced that we have created a 4-year clinical nursing program at Illinois College starting Fall 2020! I wanted to be sure you had all the information including requirements so you can share it with your students. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020.

We have already begun reaching out to students who were previously interested in IC and added an interest in nursing. We will be admitting students at two different levels based on high school GPA and test scores:

Direct Admit to Nursing

Applicants must apply to IC with:

  • at least a 3.0/4.0 high school transcript GPA
  • at least a 1100 SAT or 22 ACT score

If applicants meet these criteria they will be designated direct entry to Nursing. They must receive at least a 2.75 GPA in prerequisite classes while at IC and receive no grades lower than a C in those same classes, to start the Nursing program at IC in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Pre-Nursing

Applicants who apply to IC with:

  • a 3.0/4.0 high school transcript GPA

and/or

  • lower than an 1100 SAT or 22 ACT score OR choose to apply without submitting test scores.

These applicants will be designated as pre-nursing students. They must receive at least a 2.75 GPA in prerequisite courses while at IC and receive no grades lower than a C in those same classes to start the Nursing program at IC in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Our partner nursing programs are still in place, but now the student won’t have to leave IC to finish their nursing education! More information and our official announcement including accreditation information can be found here.

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  • For admitted seniors, we’ve moved our “Decision Day” deadline to June 1, and we reduced our enrollment deposit from $200 to $50 to be sensitive to uncertain family finances.
  • One more thing – All campus visits are being done virtually now! We are doing virtual campus tours Mon-Fri with two times each day at 10am and 2pm central time.


UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD

NEW! 4/28/20

In the coming days and weeks, we will be hosting several webcasts to provide an overview or virtual open house for each of our majors. Our academic advisors Jill Briggs and Andrew Nicol will host professors, current students, and alumni, who will share their stories about being the majors. Students will then be given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the webcast hosts.

If you are not familiar with our College, we offer seven undergraduate degree programs: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, and Global Studies

Each of these degrees will prepare students for a variety of difference making careers in the nonprofit, corporate, or governmental sectors of the economy.

Please follow up with me if you or your students have questions. I would be happy to meet with you or the students individually.

UIS College of Public Affairs and Administration, Webcast Flyer

J. Travis Bland, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration

Director, Doctor of Public Administration Program

University of Illinois at Springfield

PAC 416

217-206-8326

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