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, May 25, 2017

Technology Resources for Special Learning Needs in the Adult Education Classroom June 2 - 11:00 am -12:00 pm webinar

Discover a variety of technology resources and ways to incorporate them into your adult education classrooms. There will be an emphasis on special learning needs application although the technology resources and classroom applications will be appropriate for ESL, ABE, and ASE students. The presenters will provide a tutorial on each of the resources. Handouts with clear instructions and with resources will be available for download.
Sponsored in partnership by: Southern Illinois Professional Development Center and Illinois Center
                                                     for Specialized Professional Support

Presented by:   
Heather Martin, Waubonsee Community College & College of DuPage
Tara Schwab, Waubonsse Community College & College of DuPage

To register: 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Special Populations Summit

The Special Populations Summit is an opportunity for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education (AE)  professionals to learn about the innovative initiatives and activities that have been developed through the FY17 Special Populations Support Grant. The Summit will also feature Dr. Eugenia Paulus, and her work establishing a Community College Mentoring Program.

Time and Location:
May 23, 2017     10:00am – 2:00pm
Illinois State University
Alumni Center – Room 118
1101 North Main Street
Normal, IL 61761

To Register visit http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/machform/view.php?id=46632

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Forum for Excellence

We invite you to Submit a Presentation Proposal for the Forum for Excellence. This year's topic areas include: innovative instruction, using data for program improvement, employer engagement, academic and career advising/counseling, and career pathway development.  
Visit the Forum for Excellence homepage to learn more, register or submit a proposal. http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/forum-for-excellence/ 

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal is July 7th, 2017.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Building Capacity of Existing ICAPS Programs

“In addition we (College of DuPage) also focus on targeted municipalities. We go to the municipality and discuss economic development and how our educational programs could fit some of the needs that have been identified by that municipality working through their Chamber and directly with employers. We found if there is buy-in from the municipality, there is certainly additional interest on the part of employers to come to the table and discuss their needs when there is a partnership between the specific town, township, or municipality, the employers. We focus on a sector within each municipality. The employers than come to the table with the educational institutions that are supporting and trying to provide the training and services to meet the needs of both the municipality and economic development and the specific businesses.”

Dan Deasy, College of DuPage, in response to “How do you address pressing
                employment/training needs?”
Thanks to our panelist from existing ICAPS programs who shared ideas of how they address pressing employment/training needs, considerations for expanding capacity of programs, creative programming ideas, and asked how to fully serve students within the current fiscal climate.
Marc Battista, Interim Dean, Sustainability, Business, and Career Technology, Elgin Community College
Dan Deasy, Manager, Adult Education/Continuing Education Operations, College of DuPage
Peggy Heinrich, Interim Vice President of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development, Elgin Community College
In addition, thanks to Mike Baker, Mgr.-Strategic Planning and Innovation, Office of Employment and Training, IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, for sharing his perspective and allowing participants to ask for recommendations from him.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Early School Leaver presents 30 Ways to Shine - June 8

Presents 30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee
by Denise Bissonnette

June 8, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:30pm
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
200 Broadway Avenue
Normal, IL 61761  

30 Ways to Shine offers a comprehensive blueprint and a compelling approach for preparing people for the world of work, teaching the new employee not only how to survive on the job, but how to thrive in whatever position they hold! ICSPS invites you to join us for a day long training with Denise Bissonnette. Based on her celebrated guide to job retention, 30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee, this training seminar empowers the employment professional to use the skills, ideas and concepts in the book to reinforce and strengthen workplace etiquette and behaviors in the people they support, before and after they are in the workforce.  

Who should attend… Early School Leaver Transition Program Coordinators, ICAPS Training Specialist, Career Navigators, those who are working to prepare and assist people for the world of work and/or support people once they are on the job, including job developers, career counselors, case managers, vocational rehab counselors, job coaches, employment specialists, CTE instructors, job club leaders, and employment preparation instructors.  

To learn more and to register visit. http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/machform/view.php?id=50904

This event is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board's Early School Leaver Transition Program and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support and the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center.