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

See all the professional Development opportunities fiscal year 2018 had to offer! Be on the lookout for fall professional development opportunities.

Transitions Academy
August 7 & 8
Effingham, IL, Thelma Keller Convention Center

The Illinois Transition Academy event on August 7 & 8 is designed for programs that are wishing to start, restart, or improve their Integrated Career and Academic Preparation Systems (ICAPS) model one or model two programs. During this day and a half professional development event, program teams will review the primary components of the Integrated Education and Technology (IET) models, explore resources and learn effective strategies to create and enhance robust ICAPS programs at their institutions. Programs are required to bring a team composed of an adult education administrator and a CTE administrator. Other individuals encouraged to attend include career navigators, team teachers, and other members essential to the team.

Forum for Excellence
September 25 & 26
Normal, IL, Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

The Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier professional development event. The conference highlights the continuing partnership of Career, Technical and Adult Education in Illinois. The Forum is sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and hosted by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support, the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, and the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center. A Perkins Administrator Cohort pre-conference session will be held from 1p.m.-4p.m. on Monday, September 24.

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.