Blackboard, WE's policy newsletter, provides regular updates on our work to improve the college system in Illinois to ensure that adult students achieve success.

March 3, 2020

Policy Priorities | College Changes Everything | WE Paid Internship

Read about our top Policy Priorities for 2020, access our new manufacturing Bridge Curricula, learn about expanded Child Care assistance, submit a proposal for the upcoming College Changes Everything Conference, read how new work requirements for SNAP could affect recipients, and encourage eligible students to apply for the Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program!

July 25, 2019

Success in Springfield | Back to School | Best Practices

Learn about our 2019 legislative successes in Springfield, find out why you’re never too old to go back to school, and learn about best practices in bridge and IETS/CAPS recruitment!

February 1, 2019

Policy Watch | Supporting Student Parents | WE in Washington

See what legislative priorities we’re championing in 2019, read our blog post about supporting student parents, get a glimpse into the Truman College campus tour we helped facilitate for some career pathways students, and learn about our recent trip to Washington!

October 1, 2018

FAFSA | Advocacy Workshops | Career Pathways Definition and More…

It’s FAFSA time, we’re looking for student voices on financial aid and higher ed funding, join our webinar to learn about Illinois’ new unified Career Pathways definition, apply for the Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, and more!

March 1, 2018

Dev Ed Triumphs, MAP Grants & Method Factory Tour

MAP grants close after a longer open period for applications than seen in recent years, Career Foundations students tour the Method soap factory in Chicago, and WE calls for your stories about developmental education. Learn more in this issue of Blackboard.

November 1, 2017

Student Borrowers Win | DACA | KKC Tour

In this issue, WE celebrate the passage of the Student Loan Bill of Rights for Illinois. Also, Career Foundations students begin workplace tours, and WE sets the facts straight on City Colleges.

August 1, 2017

Financial Aid | College Changes Everything | SB 1351

Meet WE’s new President & CEO Iliana A. Mora, find out how you can help pass the Student Loan Bill of Rights in Illinois, and get some helpful tips for teaching the Career Foundations curriculum in this issue of Blackboard.

May 1, 2017

New Bridge Curricula | Career Pathways | College Changes Everything

In this issue, find out about our new bridge lesson plans and take a survey to let us know how you use the curricula. Plus, learn about career pathways in Chicago, Houston, and Miami, and get ready for the College Changes Everything conference on July 20th!

March 1, 2017

Summer Internships | College Changes Everything | MAP Suspension

Applications are now being accepted for The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program for 2017. Also in this issue, a call for proposals for the 2017 College Changes Everything Conference, good news about MAP grants, and more.

January 1, 2017

Career Foundations Training, COMPASS Exam & State Budget

Join us as we renew our commitment to ending the budget impasse. Also, take our survey on the COMPASS exam, and register for Career Foundations teacher training!