The Forum for Excellence was held September 22 & 23, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington-Normal. This year, building on CTE’s increasing partnership with Adult Education (AE) the Forum for Excellence was presented as a joint conference with the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC), and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC) all co-hosting the event.
The Forum for Excellence offered nearly 400 participants’ opportunities to gain insight into successful career pathway strategies, learn about ICAPS implementation, explore the new high school equivalency models, and share effective practices for dual credit and special populations support. General Sessions included updates on the impending Perkins Reauthorization, WIOA’s emphasis on Career Pathways, and the Workforce Education Strategic Plan. A highlight of the Conference was the engaging dialogue that occurred during the Engaging Employer Panel between representatives from Caterpillar and State Farm, as they discussed the importance of employer engagement while Illinois Secretary of Education provided insight into State strategies to enhance the partnership between education and industry.
All presentation and materials from the 2015 Forum for Excellence can be found athttp://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/pd/forum-for-excellence/