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 16, 2019

Spring/Summer Transitions Newsletter

The spring/summer edition of the Transitions Newsletter is now available on the PD Portal: http://www.excellenceinadulted.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Spring-Summer-Transitions-Newsletter-2019.pdf

Check out the latest transitions news and professional development opportunities!

Friday, April 12, 2019

ICAPS Model Two in the Field

May 2 10:00-11:00 am

Join College of DuPage and Greater West Town Community Project as they share their ICAPS Model Two programs. This session fulfills one hour of adult education professional development requirement from ICCB. You do not need to have attended the Transitions Academy to register.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Team Teaching Models for ICAPS/IETs Archived Webinar

If you weren't able to join us for the Team Teaching Models for ICAPS/IETs webinar, it is archived for you. Please follow the link below to access the valuable information shared from experienced team teachers! Thanks to Kate Thommes, Elgin Community College and Itri Papanikolla, College of DuPage for sharing with the field!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Transitions Academy Webinar Series Continues

The Transitions Academy Webinar Series continues with March’s session, Team Teaching Models, on Thursday, March 28th from 10-11 am. This session will feature experienced team teachers, Kate Thommes and Svitlana Podkopayevafrom Elgin Community College and Itri Papanikolla from College of DuPage sharing their experiences and lessons learned from their successful ICAPS programs. Anyone is able to register and attend regardless of attendance at the Transitions Academy last summer.
Please also join in the April webinar:
ICAPS Model One in the Field

April 11th 10:00-11:00 am

Join experienced ICAPS programs, Rend Lake College and Black Hawk College as they share successes and challenges. Information about their planning process, Career Pathway focus, funding strategies, and partnerships integral to a successful Model One ICAPS program will also be provided.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bevan Gibson and Sarah Goldammer presented Creating a Supportive AND Challenging Classroom to Engage Learners at the IACEA conference in Springfield, Illinois on March 6th.

Friday, March 1, 2019

IACEA Transitions Sessions

Be sure to check out these transitions related sessions at IACEA 39th Annual Statewide Conference in Springfield March 6th – 8th! For more information or a link to register, visit: https://www.iacea.net/

March 6th  

Building Academic and Workplace Communication Skills with Ventures   
Discover how Ventures uses collaborative activities to build the communication skills that are key to learner success in college, the workplace, and in the communities. Experience the many different collaborative activities in the Ventures series that promote face-to-face interaction.

Natalie Cornelison                                                                                                              
Math in Context: Math for the Workplace

How do adult educators contextualize math instruction to prepare students for success in the workplace? The inability for students to recode real world situations into math problems and reach a correct solution can be a major obstacle to employment. Presentation helps to explore strategies for explicit, contextualized math instruction.   
Michael Matos                                                                                                                                                         
Employment 101: Tools to Reach Training and Employment Goals    
Employment 101 provides a complete set of tools and steps your students will need to develop a plan for reaching their career goals. Attend this session to learn about Employment 101 and experience Illinois workNet Customer Support Center tools such as the Career Plan Builder.    

Natasha Telger        
Latoya McRae                                                         

March 7th

Redefining Blended Learning for the 21st Century

In order to achieve targeted results, we must do things differently than we did in the past.  Join us to learn how Burlington English defines Blended Learning to successfully meet content standard requirements, while bringing consistency to your curriculum in and out of the classroom. We will explore the benefits of having correlated lessons for students to experience face-to-face and at a distance.  We will break the barriers to using technology as a foundation to your curriculum and share effective strategies for implementing the Burlington Blend. Our comprehensive suite of courses will help you successfully meet the requirements of WIOA with Integrated Education and Training (IET) and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE).  Participants will learn how to best implement our blended courses, ensuring your programs’ long-term growth and success.  
Brandi Cardwell      
Robert Breitbard
An Overview of The Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) for the Adult Education Provider    
The Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) provides solutions for the workforce needs of business customers while preparing talented, qualified job seekers with disabilities for their chosen careers.  This presentation will provide adult education partners with an overview of DRS eligibility requirements, services and referral information.  A question and answer session will also be included.  
John Marchioro       
Education to Careers: Your path to a better life

Lawrence Education Center offers an Education to Careers Academy (E2C). The Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to prepare for the world of work, learn important foundational skills, and improve social emotional skills that can help to provide for a better life. It also allows students to earn certificates in food handlers, digital literacy and CPR. The E2C Academy sessions cover traditional work skills, communication with peers, resume and cover letter development, applying for employment and interviewing.  The unique aspect of this academy is that it also allows students an opportunity to develop essential skills, such as decision making, to find out their personality and learning styles, to learn anger management strategies, as well as how to deal with personal trauma. The staff assist students to overcome challenges and to be productive individuals in employment and in the community. The Education to Careers Academy is an effort to help students be better by doing better.  Come learn how you can incorporate this approach in your program.     
Karla Libera 
Katherine Petty        
WIOA Innovations: Career Pathways Navigator

The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Career Pathways Navigator shares best practices, data, ideas and experiences gained over a year of collaborating with WIOA partners, 13 ICCB Adult Education providers, and the Near West American Job Center in South Chicago.
Robert Guzman                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
March 8th

Be the Compass: Strategies for Navigating the Career Exploration Process

As adult educators, we are committed to helping our adult learners gain skills that can help them attain and succeed in jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. This workshop will further prepare you – instructors and counselors – to help guide learners through a process that helps them set career goals and secure the educational services they need to pursue their personal and employment goals in the changing economy and integrate the resources from the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide within the context of your situation. We will also explore additional online resources, and mobile apps that can further enrich the career exploration and planning process. The hands-on activities are designed to increase your level of comfort and familiarity with these resources. 

Pryanka Sharma

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

IET Practitioner's Guide

Hear the planning and logistical considerations for an ICAPS/IET from an experienced administrator, Dr. Peggy Heinrich. Learn how she gained institutional support and moved the project forward using presentations and data. See how she collaborated with outside organizations and put the pieces in place for a successful ICAPS/IET program. Ask questions and learn from an ICAPS/IET pioneer! 

To register: