March 2021

April 27-28, 2021
2-Day Summit Details

The 2021 WIOA Summit will be held as a virtual conference. All sessions will be live on Zoom. The theme for the 2021 WIOA Summit is Service Integration: Collaboration and Innovation. This year’s summit is designed to share innovation and collaboration efforts that have supported the system through the past year – the implementation of service integration is necessary for success.

April 27, 2021 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Conference
April 28, 2021 - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Engaging Workshop Sessions
The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) in coordination with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be hosting a five day-long virtual event on May 3-7 highlighting career paths within career and technical education. The goal of this virtual event is to inform, educate, and expose current high school students to the benefits and opportunities within CTE programs across Illinois.

ISBE and ICSPS are inviting postsecondary programs to submit videos marketing their CTE programs. EFEs, faculty, and student organizations are invited to submit CTE student success stories on video. These videos will be made available throughout the event as an on-demand resource for all participants.

EFEs, faculty, and student organizations - learn more about submitting your CTE student success story video. Deadline: March 17, 2021

Postsecondary Programs - learn more about submitting a video marketing your CTE program. Deadline: April 20, 2021
Looking for a way to bring your message about adult education programs to the right audience? Geofencing may be your answer! Geofencing allows you to target your student audience based on where your programs are located and the central area you are trying to recruit from. ICSPS and ICCB have developed an easy 15-step "how-to" guide that will help you set up geofencing and location targeting on your Facebook page.

Want more resources that can help you with recruitment and marketing your program? Visit the Recruitment page on the ICSPS website.
Recently, the Biden Administration announced three actions that will reaffirm the administration's commitment to expanding registered apprenticeships to reward work, rebuild the middle-class, and connect a diverse workforce to family-supporting, living wage jobs.

Endorsement of the bi-partisan National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 which will create and expand registered apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs
The House Education and Labor Committee estimates that the bill will create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities and generate billions of dollars in benefits for taxpayers. Importantly, this bill will ensure these programs draw in a diverse workforce, by supporting industry and equity intermediaries who can help recruit women and people of color.

Reinstatement of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships
This Advisory Committee will appoint a diverse set of stakeholders from across the country – including unions, employers, apprentices, community colleges and other institutions – to build a registered apprenticeship program that works in all communities. 

Reversal of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs) which threaten to undermine registered apprenticeship programs
These programs have fewer quality standards than registered apprenticeship programs and they lack the standardized training rigor that ensures employers know they are hiring a worker with high-quality training.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) team at the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is pleased to share the Student Success in Career and Technical Education compendium. This compendium was developed by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) in coordination with ICCB to highlight the benefits and opportunities provided through CTE programs in Illinois. Students’ personal success stories are powerful components in marketing and recruiting potential learners into CTE, as they provide real world examples of student and program success. The development of the compendium is part of ICCB’s continuous effort to promote the importance of marketing and recruitment strategies.

In 1987, President Ronald Regan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” This began the movement of social change calling upon Americans to provide both encouragement and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their fullest potential. This movement is still going strong. Projects such as the Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (ATTA) assist by providing live trainings and resources to stakeholders involved in the transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment. Not only are Americans recognizing the employment potential of individuals with disabilities, but more employers are recognizing the value of hiring neurodivergent individuals. 

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities has resources to help you build a social media campaign that highlights people with and without disabilities coming together to form strong, diverse communities.

Share your story using the hashtag #DDawareness2021

Super Strategies to Support Special Populations
Webinar Series

Join ICSPS as we conclude our deeper dive into Super Strategies for Perkins V Special Populations with Super Strategies for Out-of-Workforce Individuals.

Super Strategies for Out-of-Workforce Individuals
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Didn't get a chance to attend all the Super Strategy webinars? We've got you covered!
Professional Development from ICSPS through the Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project
Monthly Webinar Series

Self-Assessment and Self-Advocacy: Helping Others Speak up for Their Needs
March 9, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am

April 13, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Mental Health Awareness Month: Self Care
May 11, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Summer: How to Make the Most of It
June 8, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am
WIOA Wednesday Webinars

Overhauling Your Mental Health Toolbox to Cope with the Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
March 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Providing Services to Persons with a Sensory Disability
March 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Introduction to Workers' Rights and Workforce Development
March 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

WIOA Services – Why, How, When 
March 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Ticket to Work 
March 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Percentage of People with a Disability Employed Shrinks from 2019 to 2020

The employment–population ratio—that is, the percentage of the population that is employed—for people with a disability was 17.9 percent in 2020, a decrease from 19.3 percent in 2019. The ratio for people without a disability was 61.8 percent in 2020, down from 66.3 percent in the prior year. Data for 2020 reflect the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 17.9 percent of people with a disability employed in 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/17-9-percent-of-people-with-a-disability-employed-in-2020.htm (visited March 03, 2021).