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.



Monday, June 29, 2015

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier Career and Technical Education (CTE) professional development event. In 2015 we are building on CTE’s expanding partnership with Adult Education (AE). The Forum is designed to highlight educational initiatives and effective practices selected by ICCB and serve as a launch to the year’s professional development delivered through the Regional Network.  This Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC), and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC).

This year the Southern and Central Adult Education Conference will be held at the same time and place as the Forum for Excellence. This partnership will allow for all of us to be exposed to more sessions, more vendors, and to the individuals we need to work with to give our students the best opportunity for success. Be assured that you will still see many sessions specifically for the needs of adult education professionals as well as enhanced options for integrated instruction and partnerships. We hope to see you at the Forum this year as Career Technical and Adult Education partner to build pathways for ALL students.

RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY!
We have arranged a block of rooms at the Bloomington/Normal Marriott Hotel.
A special room rate of $119.00 has been arranged for conference participants.
The block of rooms is held as “Forum for Excellence”. You must identify yourself as a part of this group in order to ensure the room rate. Online the group code is "FFEFFEA".


Registration for the Forum for Excellence will open July 15, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Summer Transitions Newsletter


The summer 2015 Transitions Newsletter is available on the SIPDC website, please access it by visiting http://www.siue.edu/SIPDC/Transitioning/Newsletters.htm for all the newsletters. 

Thank you.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Transitions Academy Application - Apply TODAY!

The Illinois Community College Board is requesting entities to apply for participation in the Illinois Transitions Academy. Applicants may apply for the Bridge Program Technical Assistance project or the Integrated Career and Academic Placement System (ICAPS) grant model.

The applications are due June 25, 2015.
Those who are selected will be required to attend the Transitions Academy activities on July 21-22, 2015 in Effingham, IL.

Bridge Program:
Four to six Bridge Programs will be selected to participate in the Transitions Academy project. Programs invited to apply for Transitions Academy must complete this application. All AE programs that have not developed a Bridge Program are encouraged to apply. Also, a consortium of programs is encouraged to apply.
Target Population
The target population for this grant is adults in High Intermediate Basic Education through Adult Secondary Education (grade level 6 and above) and English Language Learners in High Intermediate ELA (NRS level 5 and above) or may include or target, as a Pre-Bridge, adults who have an Educational Functioning (EFL) Level below a 6th grade level equivalency in ABE or below NRS Level 5 for ELA. This population must meet the federal and state definition of Adult Education.

ICAPS:
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has participated for the past three years as part of the Jobs for the Future Accelerating Opportunity Initiative. During this time, we have expanded the number of participating colleges to twenty five. These colleges have worked to develop an ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation Systems) model which is designed to provide college access and support for adult basic education students and to help students progress further and faster along career and educational pathways. The ICAPS approach is modeled after the IBEST approach used in Washington State.
Colleges selected to participate in this initiative will receive approximately $20,000 to develop the ICAPS approach in areas that have been selected as high demand areas according to local labor market and local workforce board information. The college must choose one pathway in which to enroll and retain students. The area chosen must lead to industry recognized and postsecondary credentials (Such as AWS for welding, AAS, basic and/or advanced certification) in high-wage high-skilled occupations.
TARGET POPULATION
The target population for this grant is adults in High Intermediate Basic Education through Adult Secondary Education (grade level 6 and above) and English Language Learners in High Intermediate ESL (NRS level 5 and above).