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How can high school students use “Dual Credit” to get ahead?

dual credit graphicDual Credit allows academically prepared high school students to simultaneously earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and a college degree. Dual Credit instruction delivers a “win-win” arrangement for all parties: students gain access to challenging college-level coursework to make their junior and senior years of high school more productive; students can prove to others and themselves that they have the ability to succeed in college; college costs can be reduced for parents and students; time-to-degree at college can be shortened; and the enhanced high school and college faculty dialogue can contribute to a better alignment between secondary and postsecondary education.

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Betsy DeVos visits Waubonsee Community College

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Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education, visited Waubonsee Community College campus.  She toured the Automotive Technology, Manufacturing & HVAC facilities and held a round-table discussion with several students and faculty members.

Forum for Excellence

Conference logoThe Forum for Excellence is Illinois’ premier Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education (AE) professional development event.  The Forum is designed to highlight educational initiatives and effective practices impacting career pathway implementation and expansion.  Sessions are selected by ICCB and serve as a launch to the year’s professional development delivered through the Professional Development Network.


Featured Speakers

Tuesday, September 24 at 9:15
Dr. Ben Williams, Chief Executive Office at the Nations Alliance for Partnerships in Equity.
Topic: The National Perspective: Equity, Education, and Apprenticeships

Wednesday, September 25 at 12:15
Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO at Philadelphia Youth Network.
Topic: Partnering for Success

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Guiding Students to Completion through Collaborative Learning

cte studentsRock Valley College has a new avenue in assisting at-risk students in gateway courses for CTE pathways.  The Supplemental Instruction Program trains students who successfully completed a CTE gateway class to facilitate collaborative study sessions.   The SI Program’s non-remedial approach to learning guides students toward completion by combining “What to Learn” with “How to Learn.” Through peer-led group study sessions outside of class, the SI Leader guides students through the most difficult course concepts. Students engage in collaborative group activities that enhance their knowledge of the course content.

Not only are current RVC students benefiting from a free and fun alternative to traditional learning but the RVC SI Leaders are also learning important leadership skills and improving their professional writing abilities. The Supplemental Instruction Program at RVC is a “Win-Win” situation for both the SI Students and the SI Leaders.

Rock Valley College has just completed a third semester of the Supplemental Instruction Program. The SI Program at RVC has been very successful and shows an increase in retention of students in Fall 2019 who attended an SI session in Spring 2019.