Current Projects

ICSPS provides

  • professional development
  • technical assistance, and
  • program improvement strategies

to support the success of all learners. We encourage educational professionals to teach equitably, with special attention to learners preparing for nontraditional careers, and advance the achievement of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 through the comprehensive application of research-based practices.

 

 

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Perkins Administrator Cohort

The Perkins Administrator Cohort (PAC) is comprised of postsecondary CTE individuals from the Illinois community college system. It is designed to update and inform such individuals and to build awareness and understanding of the processes necessary to navigate the system. The cohort structure utilizes a networking resource to disseminate information, share resources, and provide details on opportunities for professional development.

 The Early School Leaver Transition Program.

Early School Leaver Transitions Program

The Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP) is designed to assist high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 21 who have a TABE level reading score 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.

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Forum for Excellence

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier Career and Technical Education (CTE)  and Adult Education (AE) professional development event.  The Forum for Excellence is a joint conference hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS), the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC), and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center (CIAESC).

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Professional Development Network

The Professional Development Network ensures community college Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continue to focus effectively on student outcomes, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve program accountability.  The Network was develop as an ongoing professional development platform for community college Career and Technical Education administrators, coordinators, and faculty.

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Civil Rights Self-Assessment Tool

ICSPS, on behalf of The Illinois Community College Board, created a civil rights self-assessment tool designed to assist community colleges in better understanding the requirements of the legislation to provide an equitable learning environment, and/or in preparing for an onsite review.

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Bridging the Gap

The Bridging the Gap project aims to reduce remediation and promote student readiness for college level coursework and the seamless transition from high school to college. ICSPS will provide logistical support for the planning and facilitation of professional development to support the awardees of the Bridging the Gap Grant whom selected the Co-Requisition Model. Resources from professional development activities are archived on this web page.

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Disability Employment Initiative

Since 2010, the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy have jointly funded and administered the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DEI is designed to help states implement strategic approaches for exemplary employment services to individuals with disabilities in the public workforce system.  DEI projects are intended to support extensive partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across multiple workforce, education, and disability systems in each state.  As part of their commitment to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their career, employment, and training goals, The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Commerce) executes DEI through coordination with and support of state, regional, and local partners.

Workforce Education Strategic Plan

The Professional Development Network ensures community college Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continue to focus effectively on student outcomes, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve program accountability.  The Network was develop as an ongoing professional development platform for community college Career and Technical Education administrators, coordinators, and faculty.