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icsps logoThe Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) creates, supports, and delivers professional development for career and technical education professionals across Illinois. ICSPS provides technical assistance, develops publications, and facilitates program improvement strategies for our partners as they relate to college transition, recruitment, retention, and completion−encouraging achievement of special populations learners.

ICSPS was founded in 1977 at Illinois State University, and is currently housed in the Educational Administration and Foundations department in the College of Education.

Upcoming Professional Development


Title IX Summit

We will be hosting Tishaundra McPherson from the Chicago Office of Civil Rights.  She will be providing an overview and update on Title IX and how it applies to Community Colleges and a review of updates outlined in the Dear Colleague letter referencing Title IX and sexual bias, sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

Heartland Community College Commons Building, Room 1406/1407
Wednesday November 16, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

The registration link can be found here.



ICAPS Braided Funding Webinar

Join us for an engaging webinar presentation designed to give ICAPS Programs detailed information about the fundamental components of braided funding.

October 13, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration link can be found here.


OCTAE Employability Skills Framework Overview

Experience an overview of OCTAE’s new Employability Skills Framework: Applied Knowledge, Effective Relationships, and Workplace Skills. Brainstorm strategies and other designs for integration of workplace skills into your classroom and resources to support your instruction. 

Part 1 – October 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Part 2 – October 25, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration link can be found here.


Overview of Team Teaching Continuum

This webinar will provide an overview of the three stages of the Illinois Team Teaching Continuum. The presenters will outline each stage and provide examples of how the continuum is being implemented in programs across Illinois.

October 28, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration link can be found here.


Engaging Advisory Boards

This webinar will explore ways to engage with your program Advisory Boards. Representative from Illinois Community Colleges will share strategies that have worked to engage, develop and sustain Advisory Boards for their CTE programs.

November 2, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration link can be found here.


Building an IET Model Webinar

This webinar will explore and explain the IET as defined in WIOA, and outline the Illinois IET model framework. The expanded framework will help increase capacity and contribute to student success and transition.

November 9, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration link can be found here.


Super Strategies for Supporting Special Populations Students Webinar Series

Students with Limited English Proficiency – November 1, 10:00 AM CDT
Nontraditional Occupations – November 8, 10:00 AM CDT
Single Parents & Displaced Home Makers – November 15, 10:00 AM CDT
Individuals with Disabilities – November 28, 10:00 AM CDT

More information and the registration links can be found here.

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