For questions regarding Braided funding, comprehensive student support, ICAPS program eligibility, ICAPS report contact Angela Gerberding. For Community and Technical Education components contact Whitney Thompson. For professional development or transitions academy, call Aimee Julian or Bevan Gibson.

Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

The Illinois Community College Board, as the state coordinating board for community colleges, administers the Public Community College Act in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities. As an integral part of the state’s system of higher education, community colleges are committed to providing high-quality, accessible, cost-effective educational opportunities for the individuals and communities they serve. ICCB offices are located in Springfield, Chicago, and Herrin.


Angela Gerberding
Director for Work-based Learning

Whitney Thompson
Deputy Director for Workforce Education

Kathy Olesen-Tracey
Senior Director for Adult Education and Literacy

Jennifer Foster
Deputy Executive Director


Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

The Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) creates, supports, and delivers professional development for career and technical education professionals across Illinois. ICSPS provides technical assistance, develops publications, and facilitates program improvement strategies for our partners as they relate to college transition, recruitment, retention, and completion−encouraging achievement of special populations learners. ICSPS was founded in 1977 at Illinois State University, and is currently housed in the Educational Administration and Foundations department in the College of Education.

Aimee LaFollette Julian, PhD
Phone: 309/438-5122


Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5911B
Normal, IL 61790

Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC)

Southern Illinois Professional Development Center (SIPDC) provides professional/staff development services to enhance the effectiveness of those serving adult learners. SIPDC provides quality staff development by focusing on curriculum and instruction, to all instructors of the Illinois Community College Board Adult and Family Literacy programs.

Sarah Goldammer
Phone: (618) 650-2254

Tara Schwab
Training Specialist


Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Room 0138 Alumni Hall
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1128

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