The Career Deans Academy

Career Deans Academy

The Career Dean Academy is a cohort model training designed to update and inform individuals invested in postsecondary CTE of the processes and procedures necessary to navigate the system.  The cohort structure is supported through the use of a networking resource to disseminate information, share resources, and recommend professional development.

 The College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness Institute

The College and Career Readiness Institute is a product of the Bridging the Gap project, which is focused on local curriculum alignment efforts centered around the common core state standards.  This institute is designed to showcase local alignment initiatives and innovative practices focused on remedial/developmental education reform, academic innovation, and curriculum alignment and partnerships between secondary and postsecondary institutions. Additionally, the institute will highlight best practices in Developmental Education including STEM CCR bridge models, the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges’ (IMACC), Preparatory Mathematics for General Education course, and other promising practices in Developmental Education.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit

Dual credit refers to a course that is taken by a high school student for which the student receives both college and high school credit. It significantly impacts students by reducing college costs, speeding time to degree completion, and easing the transition from high school to college. It amplifies the usefulness and applicability of the 11th and 12th grades, maximizes state and local educational resources, and provides a platform that fosters secondary and postsecondary collaboration and interdependence. Ultimately, it gives students a head start toward earning college credits. As a leader in dual credit, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) plays a pivotal role in overseeing the development, delivery, and evaluation of dual credit across the state.  The ICCB works collaboratively with secondary and postsecondary stakeholders to expand student access to higher education while simultaneously maintaining the high academic standards expected of the Illinois community college system. 

 The Forum for Excellence

Forum for Excellence

The Forum for Excellence is ICCB’s premier Career and Technical Education conference.  The Forum is designed to highlight educational initiatives and effective practices selected by ICCB and serve as a launch to the year’s professional development delivered through the Regional Network.

 The Regional Network Professional Development

Regional Network Professional Development

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) has established the Regional Network to develop an ongoing professional development platform for community college CTE administrators, coordinators and faculty.  The intent is to ensure that community college career and technical programs continue to focus effectively on student outcomes, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve program accountability.

 Transitions Academy

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 Stem CCR


The Illinois Community College Board’s STEM College and Career Readiness (CCR) project utilizes targeted interventions which include instruction, academic and student support services, and curriculum alignment to advance the development and implementation of Programs of Study in key STEM application areas.  Funded through the Illinois Race to the Top project, its goal is to better prepare students as they transition from high school to college and to ultimately reduce the need for remediation, particularly in math. An evaluation of the project is being conducted by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership to assess the quality and effectiveness of the STEM CCR interventions. The ICCB has also partnered with the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support to organize and facilitate trainings on the core elements of the project, including, curriculum alignment practices and tools and innovative instructional delivery.  Seven community colleges are participating in the STEM CCR project.

 The Early School Leaver Transition Program.

Early School Leaver Transitions Program

The Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP) is designed for high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 21 whose TABE level reading score is at or above the 9.0 grade level equivalency, who want to complete the secondary level of education and participate in work-site learning experience related to career choices. The program is specifically aimed at helping at-risk students become reoriented and motivated to complete their education by allowing students to participate in adult education instruction as well as career and work training activities. Only those youth who demonstrate a willingness to meet both goals and who are able to benefit from such a program are selected.