The Illinois Community College Board and Education Systems Center at NIU hosted a webinar on competency-based education on March 28, 2022. Participants heard from Lewis and Clark Community College about their new CBE Welding program, Equity Collaboratory participants Parkland College and Rend Lake College, and the regional essential skills program Greater Peoria Essential Abilities and Knowledge (GPEAK), which provides certification through badging for mastery of an essential workforce skill. We also discussed the current regulatory context in Illinois.
11:00 a.m.: Welcome
ICCB will share their vision for competency-based education, as well as an overview of Illinois’ participation in the Equity Collaboratory, and next steps for how communities will be supported to continue their work moving forward.
11:10 a.m.: Collaboratory Action Plans and Progress
Rend Lake College and Parkland College will share their plans and progress to date with competency-based education.
11:20 a.m.: Regulatory and Policy Analysis
EdSystems will outline the current regulatory flexibility and engage participants about their experiences, questions, and concerns.
11:40 a.m.: Lewis and Clark Community College
Travis Jumper, Associate Professor / Coordinator Welding Technology, will share about their CBE welding program, including how they got approval from the Higher Learning Commission.
12:00 p.m.: Greater Peoria Essential Abilities and Knowledge (GPEAK)
Illinois Central College will share about the development of their badging certification system for validating essential employability competencies, including how they are incorporating it into their courses and programs.
12:20 p.m.: Closing
EdSystems guides participants through a think/write/share exercise asking what they would like to learn more about.
12:30–1 p.m.: Optional Extension
For Rend Lake and Parkland participants as well as any others interested, the meeting will remain open for questions, sharing, and strategizing.