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, 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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Transitions Academy Conference on July 29, 2014




The Illinois Community College Board invite you to attend the 2014 Transitions Academy Conference on July 29, 2014.
The purpose of this conference is to increase awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparations System) model, Accelerating Opportunities, Illinois Bridge programs and Illinois Programs of Study.
Participants will gain insight into programs and initiatives which build effective partnerships between Adult and Career education, and walk away with resources for building bridge and ICAPS programs.
To learn more and to register visit http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/events/?ee=43

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Forum for Excellence Request for Presentations



Share you expertise by submitting a presentation for the 2014 Forum for Excellence at

Topic areas for the Forum include:

• Collaboration and Partnerships
• Curriculum Integration
• Dual Credit
• Programs of Study: Development and Implementation
• Successful Student Transitions to Community College
• Special Populations Support
• Adult and Career Pathway

Matching Mainstream Technology Solutions to Assist Adults with Learning


Join Christopher Lee, internationally known expert and author of "Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner" and "What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners" as he explores free and low cost technology solutions for reading and writing.  

Topics include computer operating system access features, application support options (e.g. Microsoft Word), speech-to-text, text-to-speech, useful apps and resources.  

Have an opportunity to ask questions and be exposed to mainstream technology solutions to help your students learn and cope. 
Online session: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:00-11:00am
Registration limited to the first 25 registrants.
To register, follow this link and complete the registration form.

AND COMPLETE THIS SURVEY (link below) BY JUNE 13TH!
The data will be collectively summarized at the SIPDC Tech Match: Matching Mainstream Technology Solutions to Assist Adults with Learning Webinar hosted on June 26, 2014 with presenter Christopher Lee

Here is a link to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8XBB9V9

This link is uniquely tied to this survey and your email address. Please do not forward this message.

Thanks for your participation!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction at SIUE


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been approved to provide an Adult Education option to the Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  This option is open to all who are interested, including  adult education and CTE instructors,  administrators and staff.  There is a cost associated with this degree and you must apply to SIUE.  The full option begins with the summer courses offered in the link below.  The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center has worked with SIUE in the development of this degree and they will utilize online instruction developed by SIPDC.  If you or anyone in your program is interested, please pass this information on to them.  The link to the registration information for the summer courses that will serve as electives for this Master degree is http://www.siue.edu/education/pdf/Adult-Educators-Summer-Fall-2014.pdf