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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Transition Academy Bridge Program Application Released

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is pleased to release the application for participation in the FY2014 Transitions Academy. The Transition Academy provides the opportunity for adult education programs to receive intensive technical assistance in the development of Bridge Programs.  If you have not already developed a bridge program, this is a perfect opportunity for you to participate.

As part of the Strategic Plan for Adult Education, the ICCB has emphasized developing career pathways for all students.  As part Adult Education policy, adult education programs are required to develop bridge programs.  The intent of this academy is to provide the necessary professional development that will assist programs in meeting this goal. 

Bridge programs include three core elements:  1.  Contextualized Instruction 2.  Career Awareness/Career Development 3.  Transition Services.  These three essential elements are key to student success as they make informed decisions about postsecondary education and career opportunities.  As a part of this process, we encourage you to examine your program and the labor market needs in your area and partner within and outside your organization/institution to develop your projects.

The ICCB will select four to six adult education programs to participate in the project.  Those who are interested in participating in this intensive project must submit an application by June 28, 2013.  The application can be found by clicking the following link:  http://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/transitionsacademy/index.html  and under FY14 application, click on FY14 Bridge Application.

Those who are selected will be required to attend the Transitions Academy that will be held on July 30 and 31, 2013 in Springfield, IL. Only one application per organization/institution.  Project requirements are included in the application.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Foster.
Illinois Community College Board
Jennifer K. Foster
Associate Vice President for Adult Education and Workforce Development
401 E. Capitol Avenue
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone:  217-785-0171
Fax:  (217) 558-6700

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