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.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Transitioning: Beginning with the Future in Mind - NEW SESSION ADDED!

Due to an overwhelming response, we have added an additional session.
Monday, February 8th 10:00am-11:00am

Starting with the future in mind helps to motivate and inspire adult education students to have a vision of life's possibilities. Showing students connections between what they are learning now and what they will need for a career and for daily living promotes deeper learning and greater retention. WIOA, the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act, adult educations' major funding source requires student transitions. 

Online learning opportunity – completion of this session and a short application assignment will result in one Certificate of Participation to fulfill the Illinois Community College Board's yearly professional development requirement.

This session is presented online via Go To Training. There is no cost to attend.

Any questions should be addressed to Southern Illinois Professional Development Center
sipdctrainer@gmail.com or call Sarah or Colleen at 618-650-2254

Monday, November 30, 2015

Praise for new online master’s courses available through SIUE

“Collaborating with my fellow students enrolled in the Adult Education Curriculum and Instruction program at SIUE has helped me reaffirm my commitment to the students who we serve.  The class allows us to collaborate and discuss best practices while simultaneously working together to lessen the impact of the barriers that the students and the programs face, particularly at this challenging juncture in the field.”

Margaret Wolf
Adult and Community Education
Kankakee Community College

For more information on the program and classes contact Dr. Caroline R. Pryor, capryor@siue.edu, Adult Education, option adviser

Monday, November 16, 2015

Learn How to Support Students Pursuing Nontaditional Occupations

The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) is hosting the following webinars to assist colleges in better serving special population’s students, specifically those pursuing nontraditional occupations for their gender.

Friday, November 20, 2015 – 10:00 am
Root Causes and Strategies
This webinar will be presented by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and will focus on the NAPE’s Root Causes and Strategies document that reviews the research literature and highlights research-based strategies to increase student participation in nontraditional programs and pathways.
To register visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4747571732293643778

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 10:00 am

Explore Nontraditional Careers
This webinar will give educators practical applications to increase equity and exclusivity in their classrooms by fostering awareness of personal biases that have the potential to negatively influence student outcomes. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Experts from the field Answer you Questions MONDAY - November 16th

Be sure to join us on November 16th for the Successful ICAPS Programs Answer Your Questions webinar at 10:00 am – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
and the Successful Bridge Programs Answer Your Questions webinar at 1:00 pm – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Learn from your local experts how to improve your programs!