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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, 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.



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