Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand employment that furthers Illinois’ global competitiveness. Last year, roughly two-thirds (62.2%) of all Illinois community college graduates earned a CTE degree or certificate. CTE programs offer flexible scheduling, work-based learning, and stackable credentials that provide a pathway from education to employment not only for recent high school graduates, but also for returning adults, veterans, and incumbent workers. Success in CTE programming is amplified by academic support services, work-based learning opportunities, and business engagement. CTE’s reach in Illinois’ workforce continues to be expansive; currently, there are over 4,300 different CTE program offerings across the community college system.


Upcoming Professional Development

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Nontraditional Careers Summit
June 27
Normal, IL

This interactive session will provide Career and Technical educators, and those who support students and educators, with tools and activities to identify data driven and research-based strategies to increase access and achievement for students in nontraditional career preparation programs. Join leadership from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as they lead this discussion and share their Explore Nontraditional Careers Toolkit, which provides a research-grounded process to assist educators and counselors in transforming their practice to increase the participation and persistence of girls and women, and other underrepresented students, in nontraditional occupational programs and pathways that lead to STEM and other in-demand career fields.

Career Pathways Symposium
July 12
Springfield, IL

The Career Pathways Symposium will highlight effective practices across the community college system in Illinois and showcase the Career Pathways Compendium. Join us to learn where you fit into the pathway puzzle.


Check It Out

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2017 Year in Review

A joint report by Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) that summarizes CTE and career readiness policies across the United States. It represents the only comprehensive national snapshot of state activity related to CTE and career readiness, and provides a critical opportunity for state and national leaders to reflect on national trends and consider future directions. The top five policy focus areas were as follows: funding; data, reporting, or accountability; industry recognized credentials; dual/concurrent enrollment and articulation/early college; and industry partnerships/work-based learning.

CTE on the Frontier
This brief from Advance CTE is the third installment in the CTE on the Frontier series, designed to help states identify promising strategies for expanding the variety of career pathways available in rural areas. The first two briefs in the series are Catalyzing Local Efforts to Improve Program Quality and Connecting Rural Learners to the World of Work,.

Title IX Guidance Q&A
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, has released new guidance on a school's responsibility to address sexual misconduct.

Equity and Student Services
This brief, published by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), outlines the provision of student support services in the community college context, applying a“traditional” student support framework in the community college context, and the role of professional development for staff members.