Thursday, February 28, 2019

College Fair and Career Panel - Juniors

On Thursday, March 7th all juniors will attend the College Fair hosted at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.  This gives students an opportunity to meet with and talk to many colleges in one location.  Students should pre-register using the link below.  Parents are welcome to stop out as well.  ELC students will load the buses around 8:15.  There will be a career panel for ELC students from 8:45-9:30 and students will attend the fair from 9:30-10:30.

Monday, February 11, 2019

ICAN Live Stream events!

I Can Succeed

ICAN is offering its planning programs online. You can stream these events LIVE from any device and ask questions of ICAN student success advisors during the presentations.

It’s the same information given in a traditional school-based evening presentation but offers the flexibility to access the information from anywhere. Register and you will receive a link to join these free events.

The Scholarship Process: A Guide for Seniors
Perfect for seniors and parents
Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30 pm

How to Pay for College: Understanding the Financial Aid ProcessPerfect for seniors and parents

Wednesday, March 13 at Noon

Covering College Costs: Understanding & Comparing College Award LettersPerfect for seniors and parents
Thursday, March 14 at Noon

Life After High School: A Guide to Career and College Planning
Perfect for sophomores, juniors, and parents

Freshman Transitions: Prepare for High School
Perfect for current 8th grade students and parents
Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm in Spanish

Make the Most of Summer Break
Perfect for 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents

Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 pm

The ICAN Team
I Can Succeed

Friday, February 8, 2019

Senior Guide

Senior Checklist - General Guide
(approximate - some schools require earlier deadlines)
**when colleges you are considering or plan to attend are here plan to see them to be sure you are all set
  • Complete any unfinished college application materials
  • Order any required first semester transcripts from Marlis to send to colleges
  • Be sure FAFSA is completed and submitted (if not done yet - FAFSA help available with Mrs. Bonner by appt.)
  • Work on scholarship applications (check with colleges as well as local)
  • Send in housing applications (if applicable)
  • Watch mail for letters of acceptance and award letters from colleges.

  • Continue to work on scholarships and be watching deadlines.
  • If selected for verification on FAFSA, be surse to submit necessary documentation (verification does not mean you did anything wrong!)
  • Review your budget and financial plan for college with your parents
  • KEEP YOUR GRADES UP - they can affect scholarships and admissions
  • ASVAB - (For anyone going Military or wanting career matching) Feb. 13th at 8:30 am.  Military College Program info HERE

  • Review and compare financial aid packages from colleges. INFO HERE (If you need help understanding your financial aid package, see Mrs. Bonner)
  • Continue working on scholarships to include local scholarships:  
  • Send final high school transcripts to your college
  • Send an Iowa Lakes transcript if you took any college courses

  • Most local scholarships are due April 15th - not a day late.  Be sure to check all deadlines and locations to where scholarship apps should be returned to.
  • Decision Day is May 1. Decide which college you’ll attend. Send the required deposit, and sign and return the financial aid award letter, if required. Note other important deadlines.  classes in high school. This request must be done on ILCC’s website HERE.  Send these AFTER all grades are posted.  (this is a change from the past)

  • Watch for information from your college on registration, orientation, etc.

Check out this guide for What to Pack for College
Check out this guide for How to Succeed in College

Tips/Tricks for your Freshman year of college:

Playing Athletics in College?  

ILCC online scholarship application
Local Scholarships:

Friday, February 1, 2019

Elevate Iowa Scholarships

Elevate is giving away 15 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending an Iowa Community College in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing. Examples of eligible training programs include welding, computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining, industrial automation, industrial maintenance, robotics, tool and die, and transportation and logistics. Each community college will be recognized. Click hereto apply! Please send your application to Alex Monaghan at