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

Illinois Community College Board

Resources & Webinars

Day 4: CTE Instructor Resources

Free STEM & CTE Curricula/Lesson Plans 

CTE Online is a place for Educators to explore and access teacher-created curriculum with over 3,000 lesson plans aligned to Common Core, NGSS and CTE Standards and integrated STEM pathways projects. CTE Online connects Career and Technical Education educators and leaders to quality curriculum models, shared communities of practice, and professional development tools that emphasize the role rigorous academic skills play in supporting students’ pursuit of industry- and career-related coursework.

The online resource includes:

  1. Over 70 Models CTE Online STEM Integrated Projects
  2. Over 3,000 Lesson Plans aligned to CTE Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  3. Over 50 CTE Model Course Outlines
  4. Professional Curriculum Development Tools
  5. Over 20,000 Instructional Resources
  6. Online Community Groups

Day 5: Career and Technical Student Organizations Help Make CTE Work

There are over two million Career and Technical student organizations (CTSOs) that help integrate and extend teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and community partnerships and leadership experiences in school, state and national levels. CTSOs are authorized in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Educational Act and are a powerful way to address key challenges such as workforce development, student achievement, economic need and global trending.  Additionally, students who are involved in a CTE student organization are more likely to have higher levels of motivation and academic achievement. The National Coordinating Council for CTE Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) shares and coordinates CTE resources and is a coalition of national career and technical student organizations serving CTE students and teachers in one or more of the 16 Career Clusters identified in the National Career Clusters Framework.

DAY 7: CTE Month Media Template

As you know this month we are celebrating Career and Technical Education Month across the state.  In years past, ICCB has sent out a statewide press release and received little media attention.  This year, as we did with Adult Education Week, we are asking each college to promote locally.  To that end, the ICCB has prepared a press release template that each institution can customize locally.  Please work with your marketing/public relations staff to use this document.  For the ICCB’s part, we would like to be a statewide clearinghouse for local activities and information.  If your college or CTE program is planning any type of commemoration, event, or promotion please share this information and we will promote via the ICCB webpage and Facebook account.  We will also be featuring CTE on the ICCB Facebook page each day and welcome any content you have created you wish to share. Please direct questions regarding the media template and the ICCB Facebook page to Matt Berry, Legislative and External Affairs Liaison, at ( or 217.785.7411).

CTE Month Media Template

Day 8: Upcoming Webinars and other Resources


Tune into these webinars to learn more about CTE and other closely related initiatives.

Thursday, February 9 (1 p.m.) What Community Colleges Need to Do to Become Sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship Programs– featuring Harper College’s Dr. Lake!

Tuesday, February 14 (1:30 p.m.) Senate CTE Caucus to Host Live Briefing

Available Now!: Construction Career Pathways – ACTE

Available Now!: Education for All Rural CTE and Distance Learning – ACTE

Check out these articles and publications featuring local and national perspectives!
The Increasing Value of a Technical Education in Chicago– Chicago Business Journal
Why Apprenticeships are Taking Off – The Atlantic, City Lab
The Chicago Landscape of CTE – OCCRL
State Policies Impacting CTE: 2016 Year in Review– Advance CTE
12 Steps to Creating a Successful Industry and Education Partnership – NCCER Blog
ACTE’s CTE Clearinghouse: Professional Development – access webinars, podcasts, and other publications

DAY 15: CTE and Civil Rights

Have you heard of a Civil Rights Onsite Review?  Did you know the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is mandated by the United Stated Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct annual reviews of a specified number of community colleges receiving federal Perkins funding? The vitality and effectiveness of our nation’s civil rights laws depend upon the commitment and strength of the agencies charged with their enforcement. The ICCB recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the operations of a community college.  As a primary recipient of federal financial assistance ICCB is responsible for civil rights administration and compliance.  Civil Rights Reviews, conducted by the ICCB are intended as part of a proactive effort to determine how well college operations are being completed on an equal opportunity basis by recipients in compliance with Federal civil rights laws, rules and regulations. Civil Rights reviews are conducted by a team of ICCB and ICSPS staff and are designed to assist colleges in familiarizing themselves with federal requirements and meeting the requirements of the civil rights legislation. To learn more about the review process, applicable laws, or to take the self-assessment, visit

ICCB is working diligently to provide technical assistance and professional development on current and emerging civil rights issues. This spring, we will release a number of fact sheets and one pagers to assist college in checking their compliance. The first of this series, Top Ten: Notice of Nondiscrimination, is attached.

Please contact Illinois’ OCR Methods of Administration Coordinator, Natasha Allan, or 217.785.0139, with questions or concerns about civil rights compliance.

Day 17:  CTE Month: Pathways to Results

Pathways to Results (PTR) is aimed at improving student transitions to and through postsecondary education and into employment. It empowers organizations to use methods, templates, and tools to continuously improve pathways and programs of study by addressing inequities in student outcomes. Pathways to Results is supported by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), which works in conjunction with the ICCB to administer the initiative. Since its inception in 2009, 47 of the 48 public community colleges have participated, with 102 teams working on approximately 90 projects.

PTR Completed Projects:

Transforming Retention Efforts at Rend Lake College

Improving Transitions and Outcomes for Nontraditional-Aged Students at Oakton Community College

Analyzing Student Data from an Equity Perspective…In Real Life