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

Illinois Community College Board

Participating in Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Illinois prepares students not only for employment, but also for life-long learning. As the nation’s third largest community college system, Illinois CTE programs are able to provide students with opportunities in over 100 career, academic, and technical instruction. These programs include integrated and work-based learning, dual credit opportunities, and potential for continuing education at the baccalaureate level. The map below contains links to the CTE website for each of the 48 Illinois community colleges.

Upcoming Professional Development

See all Professional Development opportunities here.

Academic Advising and Counseling Workshops
March 06
Tinley Park, IL
April 12
Springfield, IL

This professional development opportunity aims to bridge the gap between high school counselors and community college CTE programs. Participants will engage in discussions about debunking myths regarding counselors and CTE and will learn how to build and maintain effective partnerships between the secondary and postsecondary systems. Join state leadership to learn about the opportunities available through career and technical education (CTE), how to access occupational information for your students, and the benefits of career exploration and work-based learning. Moreover, the session will focus on awareness of nontraditional occupations and the vast opportunities they provide for our students. This opportunity is being offered regionally (north and central) and registration is limited.

National Summit for Educational Equity
April 16-19
Arlington, VA

The Summit brings together the researchers and practitioners in educational equity to share best practices and build a learning community of professionals. The conference offers workshops and sessions that engage participants in learning about new research, tools, and strategies for improving policies and practices to close achievement, participation, and interest gaps.


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.