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.



Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Transitions Newsletter

The latest edition of the Transitions Newsletter is now available: http://siue.edu/sipdc/transitions/Newsletters.shtml

It's full of information on the latest resources and reports from Illinois transitions as well as the latest from our partners around the country. Thanks to the many individuals who contributed to this edition and to all of you making smooth transitions a reality for those we serve!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Contextualization in ICAPS: Integrating Adult Ed Standards with Program Outcomes

Archived webinar now available on iLEARN: Contextualization in ICAPS: Integrating Adult Ed Standards with Program Outcomes

Learn how to contextualize adult education standards to workforce program outcomes in your ICAPS programs! A single set of integrated learning outcomes is required for Title II-funded Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs like ICAPS. This archived webinar, presented by Will Durden, Policy Associate, Basic Education for Adults: I-BEST, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, will show you how it’s done. Participants are encouraged to have their adult education standards and a set of workforce program outcomes on hand for the applied learning portion of the webinar; however, samples will be provided for all.


This unit, worth one professional development hour, is now available on demand on iLEARN:  http://ilearn.iccb.org/ilearn/course/view.php?id=167
Contact Sarah Goldammer: sgoldam@siue.edu for more information.

Monday, September 16, 2019

First Bridge Master in the state of Illinois!

The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center would like to introduce you to the first Bridge Master in the state of Illinois. Lauren Zajac from Moraine Valley recently completed the requirements for her second certificate in the Transitions Instructional Pathway. Please join us in congratulating Lauren for her accomplishment!

If you would like to earn a certificate in the Transitions Instructional Pathway, go to the PD Portal for more information. Lauren has provided some instructional advice in the comments below. If you have a question/comment for Lauren, please add a comment at the bottom.

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Southern Illinois Professional Development Center would like to introduce you to the first Career Navigator Specialist in the state of Illinois. Meg Dawczak from Moraine Valley is currently completing the requirements for her second certificate in the Career Navigator Professional Pathway. Please join us in congratulating Meg for her accomplishment!

If you would like to earn a certificate in the Career Navigator Professional Pathway, go to the PD Portal for more information. If you have a question/comment for Meg, please add a comment at the bottom.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Save the Date - Transitions Academy August 7 & 8!


In FY2020, the Transitions Academy will be revamped in order to meet Illinois’ goals in expanding high-quality Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS)/Integrated Education and Training (IET)
programs across the state. In order to participate, colleges and service providers must complete the Transitions Academy Registration.

Each college or service provider are required to bring a team
inclusive of Adult Education administrators, Career and Technical
Education Administrators, and/or training providers. Others may
include those with programmatic decision-making responsibilities
or those who will work closely with ICAPS programming
(i.e. Academic Deans, Faculty, Instructors, Advisors, Local
Workforce Board staff, Support Service staff, Financial Aid
Administrators, Transition Specialist, etc.). Additionally,
a self-assessment will be shared at a later date to be completed
to inform the Academy agenda.

The Transitions Academy will be divided into three tracks:
1. Develop
2. Redevelop
3. Scale/Refine.

While Illinois has been a leader in the implementation of bridge
and IET programming, the budget impasse of 2015-2017 has stalled our progress.Th e Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is dedicated to
the development of new ICAPS programs and scaling quality across
existing ICAPS programs.

To support these goals, the ICCB will be releasing a competitive grant
in order to develop and/or scale ICAPS programming. This grant
opportunity is a joint effort between Career and Technical Education
and Adult Education. The full notice of funding opportunity will be
released in July with a grant period of October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
and a maximum award amount of $20,000 per institution.

Both development and implementation/pilot will be expected as deliverables to be completed during the grant period. As a prerequisite
for eligibility, applicants must send a team to participate at the
Transitions Academy. Technical assistance on the grant opportunity
will be provided at the Transitions Academy. Awardees will be
notified in the fall.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE


Monday, June 24, 2019

Curriculum Development: What You Need to Know as a Career Navigator


Check out this new course! 

As a Career Navigator Specialist, you will be asked to share your expertise as part of a curriculum team at your program. This module will give you general information on what a curriculum is, what adult education standards-aligned curriculum is, and the role you can play to embed and enhance transitions-related topics in your programs’ curriculum.


http://ilearn.iccb.org/ilearn/course/view.php?id=506

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Career Navigator Course on iLEARN



Check out a new course for Career Navigators: Developing and Facilitating Learning Communities for Students! This course, housed on the ICCB iLEARN site at: http://ilearn.iccb.org/ilearn/course/view.php?id=181, is available for anyone in Adult Ed and is worth one PD hour. 

This course is specifically focused for Career Navigators and is part of the Career Navigator Professional Pathway Credentialing process. For more information on this online pathway, contact sipdctrainer@gmail.com.