Welcome to the Illinois Transitions Blog

This blog provides a platform for resources to be shared and discussions to be engaged in by anyone providing transitioning services. The content of the blog is especially applicable to those involved in the Illinois Transitions Academy.

The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunity, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study. The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Regional Network Professional Development

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Career and Technical Education (CT
Regional Network is an ongoing professional development platform for community college
CTE administrators. Through the regional network a series of workshops are provided to
ensure that career and technical programs continue to focus effectively on student
outcomes, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education,
and improve program accountability. For FY15, ICCB is providing the regional
workshops described below for FREE.

These workshops are open to individuals and institutions that are engaged in a Pathways to Results (PTR) project or have done one in the past. The structure of the workshops will include a very brief section on what PTR is, a time for sharing among PTR users, and a time where new processes and tools are introduced. Evaluation and benchmarking, curriculum evaluation, advanced ways to measure equity gaps and mapping pathways are all possible advanced concepts that will be discussed. We encourage
participants of the PTR process to bring someone who has not done PTR previously.
April 2, 2015

This interactive workshop will have attendees review their most recent Postsecondary Perkins data via the ICCB Perkins Online Data System (PODS) Web Portal. Data and accountability forms for the Postsecondary Perkins Annual Plan submission will be completed during the workshop. Participants will also receive training on the ICCB Career and Technical Education (CTE) Analysis Earnings and Employment Web Portal which allows community colleges to track employment and earnings for CTE graduates by demographics, classification of instructional program (CIP), and career cluster. (SEATS ARE LIMITED! REGISTER TODAY!)
April 16, 2015 – Richard J. Daley College
April 17, 2015 – Waubonsee Community College
April 21, 2015 – Heartland Community College
April 28, 2015 – Rend Lake College

Join Illinois experts for a day long dialogue on how Illinois Community Colleges are modeling Academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) integration. We will explore current national trends related to academic and CTE integration and alignment, and review recommendations for institutional structure to promote academic and CTE integration.
April 8, 2015 – Illinois State University, Alumni Center

The Illinois Community College Board developed the Expectation Tool to assist colleges and
partnerships as they develop, assess, and improve their local Programs of Study. The following workshops will provide clarity regarding the tools origins, an introduction to Programs of Study, and an exploration of the new online tool.
May 26, 2015 – Joliet Junior College
June 3, 2015 – Rend Lake Market Place
June 9, 2015 – Illinois State University, Alumni Center

Aime¢e  Julian
Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, ISU
Ph: 309.438.5122

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upcoming webinars on Accommodations for the GED®

Presenter: David Haugen, M.Ed., M.P.N.A
Date of Webinars: Friday, January 23rd, 2015
            Part I: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CST
            Part II: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. CST

Please note that it is possible to attend just one of the sessions (I or II) and both will be recorded to be made available for future use by programs/educators.

Background of Presenter: 
Dave has a teaching license in Adult Basic Education and has master’s degrees in Education (University of MN) and Public Administration (Metropolitan State University). He previously worked at Pearson VUE/GED Testing Service® L.L.C. in the area of testing accommodations, where he developed an understanding and passion for helping students/professionals to navigate the accommodations process in order to ensure that access is available to all learners with disabilities. Dave currently works in adult education for Minneapolis Public Schools, where he counsels, assess and supports GED® learners daily. Dave likewise presented at the regional conference in Effingham, IL this past November 2014 on testing accommodations for the GED® and will present again this March in Springfield at the regional conference.

Summary of January 23rd Accommodation training webinars:

Part I Session (9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Testing Accommodations and the GED®: An Overview and Update for program/service providers
In this part I of II webinars, participants will receive a general overview of the accommodations process for the GED®.  Specific attention will be directed at differences between the 2002 paper based GED® and 2014 computer based test with respect to accommodations (i.e. process, role of staff, practice testing). This session will likewise explore examples of computer based testing accommodations and discuss how the new format may effect issues of access for learners. The webinar will conclude with an overview of key questions and factors for ABE programs to consider if assisting students in seeking accommodations on the GED®

Part II Session (1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CST)
Webinar Title: Documentation Essentials: A how-to-guide for disability coordinators and advocates assisting students applying for accommodations
This session builds upon the earlier accommodations webinar but spends most of the time delving into the accommodation request forms and documentation guidelines for the GED®. The webinar provides many screen shots of sample requests/documentation examples and outlines what exactly is needed for a request to be considered complete (i.e. rationale, functional limitations).  The session concludes with a broader overview of the ADA legislation and a consideration of additional measures to assist/advocate for learners beyond applying for accommodations.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Illinois Adult Career Pathways: Ready, Set, WIOA

Career pathways are having their heyday in the federal policy spotlight, so it's time to connect to ensure we're ready to advance adult career pathways as part of the implementation of the new Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Join the Pathways to Careers Network on December 10th for a 1-hour webinar that will bring together education and workforce development partners to discuss how we ensure adult learners can develop the skills they need to access college and careers in the context of WIOA.

We will hear from Jennifer K. Foster, the Associate Vice President for Adult Education and Workforce Development at the Illinois Community College Board. Jennifer will provide background on adult career pathways in Illinois, and she will offer her insights on the challenges and opportunities afforded by WIOA.
Judy Mortrude, the Director of the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways at the Center for Law and Social Policy will discuss how the AQCP framework can help Illinois strengthen our career pathways system and support the implementation of WIOA. 

We look forward to our conversation with you on December 10th!

Mary Kay Devine, Women Employed

Carrie Thomas, Chicago Jobs Council

For more information, please contact Mary Kay mdevine@womenmployed.org
312-782-3902 X224

Monday, September 29, 2014

3rd Annual CIAESC & SIPDC Fall Conference

Join us November 6 & 7, 2014 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham for the 3rd Annual CIAESC & SIPDC Fall Conference.

For the online registration visit http://adobe.ly/1tKLeeL   Find registration information and conference updates on our website www.siue.edu/SIPDC under "fall conference".

We look forward to seeing you again this year in Effingham.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Manufacturing Curriculum Pre– and Post-Assessments Aligned

In response to a need for employers to hire MSSC Safety Certified employees and an additional need to accelerate the training process, pre– and post-assessments as well as additional lesson resources have been created to be used in partnership with the state Manufacturing Contextualized Curriculum. The new supplemental lessons to the Manufacturing Curriculum ensure MSSC Safety concepts are addressed. These lessons can be found on the ICCB website with the original Manufacturing Bridge Curriculum under supplemental lessons fy14:

The pre- and post-assessments consist of questions compiled to evaluate student readiness for the completion of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPTAE) Safety Certification work keys and the J. J. Keller’s OSHA Safety Training Handbook. Evaluators can use the questions as needed. It is recommended to use 20 to 25 questions for pre-assessment and 20 to 25 for post-assessment of students.  This allows for flexibility and for the rotation of assessment questions to avoid overuse. Based on assessment scores, decisions can be made about the readiness of students to test for the MSSC Safety Certification.

Join the creator of these materials, Bill Kuban of Prairie State College, at the annual adult education fall conferences to learn more and to receive copies of the materials.

For more information now about the assessments or about the supplemental lessons, contact
Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu.