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, July 25, 2018

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier professional development event. The conference highlights the continuing partnership of Career, Technical, and Adult Education in Illinois. The Forum is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center.

The 2018 Forum for Excellence will be held in Normal, IL at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on September 25-26.

Pre-conference workshops will take place on Monday, September 24 including the Adult Education Administrators' Meeting for Regions III & IV and the Perkins Administrators Cohort Meeting.

Registration information can be found on the ICSPS website.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Flynn


As president and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), Maria Flynn leads JFF’s overall growth strategy, including funding diversification, strategic planning, partnership building, system deployment, change management, and talent development. She is responsible for all of JFF’s programs and operations in a highly collaborative environment across its education and workforce development sectors.
Previously, as JFF’s senior vice president, Ms. Flynn led JFF's Building Economic Opportunity Group, working to help entry-level workers advance to family-supporting careers while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. She also led JFF’s federal policy and advocacy strategies, which are focused on advancing the educational needs of underserved Americans and developing a skilled workforce. Ms. Flynn is a leading national expert on issues such as career pathways, employer engagement, sector strategies, and place-based initiatives.
Ms. Flynn has 25 years of experience in the workforce development and education fields. Prior to joining JFF in 2007, she was a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service and served as the administrator of the Office of Policy Development and Research in the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. In that role, Ms. Flynn previously led the Division of One-Stop Operations, where she developed the policy and technical assistance framework necessary to enable states and local communities to establish comprehensive one-stop delivery systems designed to provide quality services to job seekers, workers, and employers.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Using Employment 101 for Adult Education


If you are an adult education provider, you should check out our Employment 101 resources to use in your classroom! The Illinois workNet team just posted a new article on how to incorporate it into your curriculum.
The new article provides a good starting point for approaching these resources and provides some ways you can incorporate the materials into your curriculum. If you’re not an adult education provider, feel free to still check out the Employment 101 resources and to share with anyone you think may find it helpful.
As you read and build your curriculum, be sure to check out these related resources: