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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.

Using Advance CTE’s Policy Benchmark Tool to Address Gaps in “Policy” and Practice

image of illinoisAs the third largest community college system in the country, Illinois community colleges serve over 600,000 residents each year in credit, noncredit and continuing education courses. The Illinois community college system, made up of 48 colleges, has over 4,265 active, approved CTE programs spanning across all 16 Career Clusters®, which provide high-quality, accessible, cost-effective educational opportunities to the entire state.

In early 2018, Illinois embarked on the Postsecondary High-Quality CTE Program Approval Project. The goals are to assess existing program development and approval processes, align approval and review systems, identify technical assistance needs across the system, and share lessons learned within the broader CTE community.

This project was initiated just after Illinois went without a budget for close to two years. To add, investments in higher education over the last decade have been decreasing, or at best stagnant. Yet, thriving, modernized CTE programs across Illinois are critical to meeting the state’s goal of 60 percent of all Illinoisans with a postsecondary degree or credential by 2025.

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Processes that Foster High-quality Programming in CTE

training imageTo kick off the 2019-2020 academic year, the Illinois Community College Board invites community college administrators, staff, and faculty to a one-day training on processes that foster high-quality programming in career and technical education. Participants will learn about quality program development, the newly revised Program Approval Manual (will be released in August), and continuous quality improvement through processes such as program review. In addition, participants will be provided with resources and will have ample time to network with their peers. For those traveling to Springfield the night of the 9th, a room block will open in the next couple of weeks. More information including an agenda for the workshop will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
*lunch provided

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield- A DoubleTree Hotel
701 E Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701

To register:

Community College Board Awarded $4.0 Million Federal Grant to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

apprenticeship logoA federal grant will allow the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to serve more than 1,600 apprentices in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs that will lead to employment in the information technology sector.

The $4.0 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, announced earlier this month, will support the development and expansion of apprenticeship programs in partnership with ten Illinois community colleges that represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the state. “The community college apprenticeship programs integrate classroom learning with paid employment,” said Dr. Lazaro Lopez, chairman of the ICCB. “Apprenticeship programs are critical to supporting economic development in communities across our state by creating seamless pathways for residents to acquire the skills to meet employer workforce needs.”

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Fiscal Year 2020 Workforce Equity Initiative

workforce logoThe Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is inviting the 48 Illinois community colleges to apply for the Workforce Equity Initiative. The ICCB will provide grant-funding opportunities in fiscal year 2020 (beginning September 18, 2019) that focuses on improving workforce equity in at-risk communities. Application submissions must be received by September 16, 2019.

The purpose of this grant is to create, support, or expand short-term workforce (credit and/or noncredit) training opportunities in high-need communities focused on specific sectors with identified workforce gaps.

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Bob Clark Named IACTE Postsecondary Career and Technical Educator of the Year

photo of bobIllinois Association for Career and Technical Education Honors Clark for Contributions, Dedication to the Field

College of DuPage Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Program Coordinator Bob Clark was recently named Postsecondary Career and Technical Educator of the Year by the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE).

The IACTE awards promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs that exemplify the highest standard and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education programs. The IACTE is dedicated to providing unified, visionary leadership to advance and support all aspects of career and technical education and has a diverse membership consisting of administrators, educators, guidance counselors and support personnel at the middle school, secondary and post-secondary levels.

Clark said he is thrilled with the honor for himself and the college.

“It feels great that the success of our school and our program is being recognized by career and technical education in Illinois,” he said.

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Joliet Junior College Hosts Career & Tech Ed Summer Programs

photo of studentJJC hosted Technology Camp for 120 students in grades 6 to 8 this past July. This three-day camp provided students with an innovative, S.T.E.M.-rich experience that gave them an opportunity to explore various career pathways in the technical field. Instruction for the camp was provided by JJC’S Technical department.

In Culinary Camp for Teens programs, 45 high school students learned how to prepare and present artful meals. Students learned safe knife skills, how to roast, grill and braise meats as well as pastry techniques. Students also had the opportunity to learn from two award-winning executive chefs with JJC’s Culinary Arts program. Attendance in this year’s camp tripled in numbers from previous years.

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Expanding Dual Credit Access Through the State’s Model Partnership Agreement

dual-credit-graphicWith the help of Education Systems Center, Illinois recently achieved a major milestone in its efforts to expand dual credit access and offerings with the adoption of the Model Partnership Agreement by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The Agreement guides local partnerships between school districts and community colleges necessary for the successful implementation of quality dual credit courses and related student supports.

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