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, 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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

ICSPS is hiring a Research Associate

The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) at Illinois State University is seeking a Research Associate to assist with delivery of professional development, technical assistance, and product conception.  Proficiency in special populations support,  career and technical education, and program improvement strategies as they relate to college transitions, recruitment, retention and completion desired. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Save the Date - Annual Central and Southern Illinios Regional Fall Adult Education Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center and the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center will again be hosting a joint fall conference this year!
The 2014 Fall Conference will be held for a full day on Thursday, November 6 and for the morning of Friday, November 7. An Administrators’ Meeting will be held on the afternoon of November 5.
Please check our website and your emails messages for more information www.siue.edu/SIPDC/

Monday, July 21, 2014

Forum for Excellence - Registration is Open

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) invites you to join us September 23-24, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, in Springfield for the 2014 Forum for Excellence.

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois' premier CTE professional development event. The Conference offers participants the opportunity to engage with national and state CTE experts, dialogue with peers on a range of vital topics, and experience a showcase of new ideas, innovations, and best practices from across Illinois.

The 2014 Forum for Excellence features Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft.

To learn more and to register visit http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/events/?ee=44

Thank you.