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, 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: http://64.107.108.133adulted.curriculum.manufacturing.html

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.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Transitions Professional Development NEWSLETTER!


The latest edition of the Transitions Newsletter is now available at: 

2014 Transitions Academy Conference on July 29, 2014 in Effingham, IL



The Illinois Community College Board would like to invite you to attend the 2014 Transitions Academy Conference on July 29, 2014 held in Effingham, IL. The purpose of this conference is to provide you with valuable information about integrated and bridge instruction and to increase awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunities, Illinois Bridge programs and Illinois Programs of Study. 

Participants will gain insight into programs and initiatives, both statewide and nationally, which build effective partnerships between Adult and Career education.  In addition, participant will walk away with the tools, and resources necessary to build a bridge and/or an ICAPS (integrated) program model. 

The registration link is below, and the deadline for registration is July 25, 2014.  The deadline for room accommodations is July 9, 2014.    All conference information is listed on the registration site.
Please join us as we Accelerate Career Pathways in IL.  We look forward to seeing you.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Connie Borowski, 309- 438-1952 or Aimee Julian, 309-438-5122.

Thank you.

Jennifer Foster