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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.



Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project

The Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA) seeks to develop and present resources that assist individuals with Autism in their transition from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment.

The ATTA also seeks to provide training and support to important stakeholders as they work to provide an equitable experience for individuals with autism.


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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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.

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).



Illinois Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Summit

The Illinois WIOA Summit is an annual conference hosted by Illinois’ core WIOA partners. The objectives of the summit will be to provide training on transitioning from WIOA planning to implementation by accelerating the development of industry and business-driven strategies and services; deepening collaboration among workforce development, education, economic development, and other partners; and fostering the development of integrated, multi-partner service delivery.


Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS)

The Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS), is the implementation of the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative in Illinois. ICAPS aims to provide an integrated pathway in Career and Technical Education (CTE) for college credit and program certificate opportunities for Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) students that lack basic skills.  ICAPS is Illinois’s accepted model of IET implementation.


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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.


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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.


Special Education Leadership Academy

The Illinois Special Education Leadership Academy (ISELA) seeks to enhance educational programs for children with disabilities by ensuring that both general and special education administrators are provided with ongoing high quality professional development. The ISELA project, through ICSPS, will provide training activities that strengthen competencies for both general and special education administrators and focuses on current issues, trends, and research.


Special Populations Support

ICSPS supports special populations students (as defined by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006) by conducting technical assistance, professional development, producing resources, and guiding program improvement initiatives.   Many of ICSPS’s projects relate to supporting special populations students and a number of useful resources can be found on this site.


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.