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1 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Programs Transitions into Postsecondary Education For Adults Forum for Excellence Pre-session Hilton Hotel / Springfield, Illinois September 28, 2009

2 Illinois Community College Board What is a Bridge Program? Bridge Definition – Adult Education Bridge – CTE / Remedial Bridge Today’s concern: CTE/Remedial Bridge For information on the Adult Education Bridge contact Jennifer Foster, Senior Director for Adult

3 Illinois Community College Board Why are Bridges Important? Educational Reform Agenda – Public Agenda for College and Career Success – Common High School and College Readiness Standards – College and Career Readiness Act – P-20 Data System – Vision for Adult Education – Shifting Gears – All reforms at easing the transition of high school students or adults to postsecondary education and/or careers 3

4 Illinois Community College Board Why Are Bridges Important? Developmental Credit Hours Over Five Years Credit Hours YearAttemptedEarnedPercent Completed % % % % % Total % Average % 4

5 Illinois Community College Board Why Are Bridges Important? Selected Initiatives Focused on Developmental Education with key goals Key Goals American Diploma ProjectRedesign of High School Curriculum to promote college readiness College and Career Readiness Act Reduction of Remediation High School to College Success Report Facilitate Secondary to Postsecondary Conversations around curriculum and effective transitions to college Perkins IV (Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act) Increasing curricular alignment between secondary and postsecondary career and technical education Public Agenda for College and Career Success Refocusing and improving the entire higher education system in Shifting GearsDeveloping Adult Education and Developmental Education bridge programs into credit bearing courses 5

6 Illinois Community College Board Context: What Is a CTE/Remedial Bridge & Why is it Important? Transitions Students into CTE – Combines Remedial Academics with Career & Technical Education – Contextualized instruction – Exposure to Career Cluster & Programs of Study Prepares for Workforce Entry – Exposure to Workplace Skills – Preparation for entry-level credentialing Provides Appropriate Supportive Services – Flexible Course Formats – Individualized Student Supports for Adults

7 Illinois Community College Board Context: What Is a CTE/Remedial Bridge & Why is it Important? Integrated Remediation will lead to… Reduced dependency on traditional remediation coursework (to bring students “up to speed” academically) Improved Course Retention Increased Transitions Increased CTE Program Completion Increased Job Placement 7

8 Illinois Community College Board Context: What Is a CTE/Remedial Bridge & Why is it Important? Bridging Across CC Divisions CTE Division Remedial Ed Division Continuing Ed Division Adult Education Student Support = Case Management

9 Illinois Community College Board Bridge Instruction: The Shifting Gears Initiative Vision: State & Local policy development supports low-skilled adults’ access to & success in training & education that leads to jobs & improved state economies. Target Sectors: Health, TDL, Manufacturing Goal: Increase adult transitions from Developmental Ed and/or Adult Ed to Postsecondary Credit programs How?: Bridge instruction

10 Illinois Community College Board Bridge Instruction: The Shifting Gears Initiative Shifting Gears 1.0 – Defining Bridges in Illinois – Policy Recommendations (7) – Pilot Sites Shifting Gears 2.0 – Webpage – Communications Plan – Transition data – Embed polices into Bridge

11 Illinois Community College Board Bridge Instruction: The Shifting Gears Initiative Policy Recommendations Bridge Definition Contextualization Course classification Policy Clarification Data WIA Training Student Support 11

12 Illinois Community College Board What Is a Bridge Program? Core Elements of a Bridge: Contextualized Instruction: Blends workplace competencies, career exploration, and basic literacy and math skills in an occupational context Career Development: Incorporates career exploration, planning & preparation through exposure to & understanding of the world of work Transition Services: Provides individualized supportive services for students moving from adult ed and/or remedial ed into CTE 12

13 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Eligibility: Target Population High school credential holders Reading and/or Math levels at or above the 6 th grade – pre-college level Low-skilled, low-income adults unprepared to enter postsecondary CTE programs 13

14 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Education & Training Providers: Community Colleges Community Colleges & Other Partners (i.e. Adult Ed & WIA Title I providers)

15 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Program Design Options: Single course or Series of courses that… Prepares for a higher level Bridge, or Moves students directly into a Postsecondary credit-bearing course/program, or Prepares for Entry-level employment

16 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Bridge Instruction may… Provide opportunities for students to earn partial or full credit Offer dual enrollment in non-credit & credit instructional offerings Introduce students to knowledge & skills at the Cluster, Pathway or Program of Study level* * Based on one of Illinois’ Career Clusters

17 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge: ICCB Approval Development in Health, TDL, or Manufacturing Course Addition Request (Form 11) – PCS 1.6 (Vocational Skills) – Generic Course Codes (defined by ICCB) – Addendum Information (as outlined in Bridge Definition) ICCB Staff Review/Approval

18 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Pilots: Lessons Learned Bridge Instruction Area & Goal(s) – Oakton CC: CNA to LPN Bridge – DuPage: Manufacturing Bridge to industry certification – Lake County: CNC Bridge Biggest Challenges Successes Coordination across Partners

19 Illinois Community College Board CTE/Remedial Bridge Pilots: Lessons Learned Evaluation was conducted by Office of Community College Research & Leadership and Workforce Enterprise Services

20 Illinois Community College Board What We Learned from the 3 Dev Ed Pilot Sites Demographics (n- 43) 48.8 female, 54% minority 43% with p.s. credits 89% with income over $21,000 9% with limited English skills Outcomes 72% completion rate (42% Ad Ed pilot rate) 30.2% entered credit instruction (14.3) 23.1% entered further remedial instruction 9.3% entered employment

21 Illinois Community College Board What we Learned, con’t. 100% had access to college orientation and advising 58% had career orientation 69.8% received academic supports 81.4% were involved in a learning community 88.4% received financial aid and admissions assistance 27.9% received $ for exam fees 9% received transportation assistance

22 Illinois Community College Board Recommendations Coordinated transition services should be available to students – lack of college knowledge Add performance measures that track student milestones and tipping point markers Include contextualized bridge instruction in dev ed courses Integrate instruction (reading, math, workplace skills, career exploration) Accelerate instruction (intensity x duration) Assure student services are available at times Dev Ed students are on campus Partner with employers

23 Illinois Community College Board Contacts Brian Durham Telephone: Lavon Nelson Telephone: Tricia Broughton Telephone:


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