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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
1900 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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Regional Office of Career & Technical Education

Work Based Learning General Information and Rules/Criteria for Participation

Program Description

This competency based two year program exposes students to a variety of career pathways. Our goal is to partner with reputable businesses and industries to provide students with specialized hands-on training at various work sites while integrating high school curriculum. Students must be concurrently or previously enrolled in courses that relate to their chosen career path.

Lincoln Land Community College--Workforce Equity Initiative

AVID SNAPSHOT ILLINOIS-- Featuring Superintendent Jennifer Gill

AVID Informational PowerPoint Presentation

Weekly Tutorials
AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nationally recognized program offered at each of the five middle schools and all three high schools. AVID provides scaffolded support to students focused on college and career readiness and academic success. AVID provides students with skills and strategies they need to overcome obstacles and achieve success. Through WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboation, Organization, and Reading), students engage in higher-level thinking and learning experiences that can be transferred across content area classes.  Students in middle school and high school explore college and career options, visit various colleges, and acquire knowledge to make informed choices concerning college and career options.  AVID students graduate and attend college at higher rates, but more importantly, they can think critically, collaborate, and set high expectations to confidently conquer obstacles. To find out more about AVID click on the AVID heading above or contact your school's AVID Coordinator.  Additional information can be found at avid.org.

UIS Black History Month Mixer

High school students from District 186, Springfield Public Schools participated in a Black History Month High School College Mixer at University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).  The event was organized by the University Diversity Center. High school students from the AVID, ELL, and Springfield Learning Academy programs had the opportunity to experience UIS and what UIS has to offer as a possible college choice.  Students participated in a tour of the campus and had the opportunity to visit the dorms, library, and other student-centered facilities. In addition to the tour, students explored informational booths where they could ask questions about campus housing, the Necessary Steps Mentoring program for first-generation college students, the Capital Scholars Honors program, financial aid, and various other entities.   Students were entertained before, during, and after lunch by the various student clubs and organizations,  including multiple fraternities and sororities that are available on campus. Thank you to Dr. Clarice Ford, Mr. Justin Rose, and Mr. Fernando Planas for inviting District 186 students and planning a great event.  


AVID 8 to Purdue

November 5, 2018   9 photos
What an awesome experience our students were able to have at Purdue! They started by completing a Breakout EDU with a professor on climate, walked to lunch at one of the campus dining halls,  toured the basketball arena, including the weight room and court.