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, June 4, 2020





How does the ICAPS band play during COVID-19?

June 11, 2020 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am                                                   

Register here


Join us for this Transitions Academy Online Event on June 11th 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. as five programs share what they have been doing to continue to provide ICAPS/Bridge programming during the COVID-19 shutdown. Program representatives will share what their program is doing to continue to provide quality ICAPS and Bridge programing during the COVID-19 crisis, how they are addressing marketing and enrollment, and how the ICAPS partnership of CTE and Adult Education instructors are thriving through this challenging time to address CTE instruction, labs and support courses.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Now on iLEARN: Contextualization in ICAPS, Part II: Developing Joint Activities, Assignments, and Assessments

Click here to go to iLEARN course

Presented by: William Durden, Policy Associate, Basic Education for Adults: I-BEST, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

So, you’ve created contextualized outcomes and standards for your ICAPS program. That’s a critical first step! Now sign up to take the next step as we look to develop contextualized activities, assignments, and assessments that flow from the integrated outcomes. This webinar will provide practical steps and examples and dedicated practice time. Participants are encouraged to have integrated outcomes on hand for the webinar, but sample outcomes will be shared in the webinar so that everyone can participate.

Please note Contextualization in ICAPS: Integrating Adult Ed Standards with Program Outcomes is archived here

This webinar was originally presented and recorded on February 20, 2020.

Professional Development Credit: This unit is worth 1 hour of professional development.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Providing Support Services at a Distance for Career Navigators

April 16, 2020 @ 12:30 PM

Support services are an important mechanism for sustainability of distance education. Learners in distance education need more support than in traditional classroom instruction. Some of the most important reasons for this are the fact that learners are physically separated from each other, from their instructors and from those who assist them with support services. The most important role of the career navigator at this time is to stay connected to students in order to assess the supports they need. During this webinar, we will discuss how to support students in our current climate; socially, emotionally, and share resources to support students through a wide range of barriers; including technology, financial, physical and emotional, and employment.

Register for the Support Services Webinar


Training Partnerships for ICAPS/IETs - Transitions Academy Webinar

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

Partnerships are key in any integrated training program regardless of whether you have ICAPS Model 1 or Model 2. Learn from Michael Baker of DCEO requirements and process for becoming an approved Title I training provider. Laura Williams of Danville will share their experiences with Title I partner Vermillion Works. Angela Lopez from the Pilsen American Jobs Center will provide information about their partnerships in Near West Chicago.

Register for the Training Partnership Webinar

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Transitions Newsletter – Winter edition now available


Check out the PD Portal for the latest edition of the Transitions Newsletter! It is full of information from ICCB, training opportunities, and reports of progress from programs around the state. http://www.excellenceinadulted.com/transitions-newsletters/

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

ICAPS Networking Opportunity at the IACEA Conference


Thursday, March 12, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Prairie Room


Join your ICAPS colleagues for a networking opportunity at IACEA. 


Updates will be provided by Kathy Olesen-Tracey, Senior Director for Adult Education and Literacy, ICCB, will discuss ICAPS program concerns and Whitney Thompson, Senior Director for Career & Technical Education, ICCB, will provide updates on the ICAPS grant. 


Refreshments will be served and you will have time to connect with other ICAPS providers to learn and share resources. 


Monday, February 17, 2020

Transitions Related Sessions at IACEA Conference – March 11-13, 2020

Join us in Springfield for the 40th annual IACEA, the Voice of Adult Education, conference
There are lots of exciting sessions featuring transitions-related topics.

Wednesday, March 11th, 9:00-10:15 am

A House Divided: Program Divisions Between ESL/HSE and How to Remedy Them

Is your adult education program a house divided? Learn how one program is bringing everyone together to better serve our students, teachers, and overall promote program success.

Cathy Kramer, Libby Budd, Mandy Dwyer, Michelle Lyman - Joliet Junior College

ICAPS Team Teaching: Relationships, Contextualization, and Support

Discover why Adult Education and CTE instructors are ALL IN for team teaching at Illinois Central College. Instructors will share how the ICAPS programs built instructor relationships, contextualized CTE and HSE lessons, and utilized existing support services to meet the needs of ICAPS students. Instructors will share classroom teaching strategies.

Kerry McGrath, Kim Mycke-Ford - Illinois Central College

Wednesday, March 11th, 10:30-11:45 am

WIOA Innovations: Career Pathways Navigator

The (CCLC) Career Navigator represents 13 WIOA Title II Adult Education providers at the Near West American Job Center (AJC) located in Chicago. In collaboration with all local WIOA title partners and community stakeholders, the Career Navigator facilitates the transition of Chicago residents to adult education and career pathways programs as well as assists current adult education students access supportive services, employment opportunities and workshops offered at the Near West American Job Center.

Robert Guzman, Renuka Sharma - Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

Another Great I-DEA - Add IEL Civics!

8 Adult educators from the College of DuPage present on utilizing the Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) program out of Washington State to deliver all of the required components of the Integrated English Language and Civics (IEL/Civics) grant including; contextualization of reading, math and language acquisition, digital literacy, academic/workforce preparation, required IEL/Civics competencies and a pathway to a relevant Integrated Education and Training program.

Christine Kelly - College of DuPage


Wednesday, March 11th, 3:15-4:30 pm

Contextualizing Math for English Learners and Adult Basic Learners: Making Connections to the Real World

ABE and ESL classes have diverse populations who struggle to understand academic math concepts and vocabulary. Contextualizing is an approach to keep students engaged and overcome these barriers. This session will incorporate best math practices and strategies to apply concepts in multilevel classrooms, with language learners, using hands-on, real world ways while keeping the rigor of math standards.

Patti Wragg - Kishwaukee Community College

Thursday, March 12th, 1:45-3:00 pm

Creating a Successful Adult Education Resource Fair

"It takes a village..." to organize and host a successful resource fair! We collaborated with over 35 community organizations and MVCC departments to provide ESL and HSE students information on education, health, careers, and more. Please join us if you would like to learn helpful hints on how to plan your own adult education resource fair.

Meg Dawczak, Nina Shoman-Dajani, Lauren Sajak - Moraine Valley Community College