Valley Education for Employment System

Student Services

Summer Counselor Institute 2019 - Registration 


Illinois School Counselor Association is the professional organization representing school counselors.

  • Supports school counselors efforts to promote academic, personal/social, emotional and career development.
  • Provides professional development.
  • Advocates for school counselors with legislators and other educational professionals. 

Archived Student Services Committee Meeting Materials

Wednesday, September, 21, 2017 - Colleges/Universities that Waubonsee does not accept credit from 

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Delnor Discovery program flier and Webinar announcement; Dr. Toni Tollerud - Tips for Handling Emotions; Assessments; Power Point

Resources from Meetings

You Sent A Sext Now What?

Why 30 is not the new 20. Meg Jay

Summer Counselor Institute

Counselor Summer Institute 2015

The Summer Counselor Institute provides opportunities for VALEES high school counselors to tour a wide variety of businesses and gain valuable insights regarding business operations and career pathways. Businesses visited during this two-day event include:

2017 - Black Line Consulting, Oswego Animal Hospital, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Campus, Operators Local 150

2016 - Monsanto, Aurora Municipal Airport (Simply Fly), RC Romine Advertising and Marketing, Paramount Theatre.  

2015 - Professional Manufacturers Representatives, Oswego; FiberFin, Yorkville; Customs and Border Protection, O'Hare; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont.

2014 - Cinespace Chicago Film Studio, LUSH Handmade Cosmetics, NALCO/Ecolab, and Nicor.

2013 - Bridgeport Arts Center, Hyundai Motor Training Center, and Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

2012 - Chicago Botanic Garden, Fabric Images, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Tribeca Flashpoint Digital Media Academy.

2011 - Illinois Institute of Technology; Chicago Portfolio School; Focus Optical, Aurora; Burgess Norton Manufacturing, Geneva.

2010 - Nestle, Inc. logistics in DeKalb; Upstaging lighting in Sycamore; Aurora Police Station; Met-L-Flo direct manufacturing and rapid prototyping in Sugar Grove

2009 - Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora; Plano Molding; Fermi Lab in Batavia; FONA International flavor development and applied food science in Geneva

2008 - Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles; Bison Gear manufacturing in St. Charles; BFC Corp. printing, Batavia; Bruce Harris Associates geodatabase design in Batavia



PowerPoint presentations used in Dr. Tollerud's workshop on December 4, 2013

Marshmallow Challenge


The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.
Visit Marshmallow Challenge

The task is simple: in eighteen minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top.Instructions can be found here.

The marshmallow challenge provides teams with a shared felt experience, a common language and a solid stance to find the right prototypes to build their real projects successfully, to avoid the oh-oh moments and have real ta-dah moments.