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.

April 19, 2021

ASPIRE to Improve Dev Ed | College Changes Everything | Digitized Career Foundations

Learn about Women Employed’s Accelerating Student Progress and Increasing Racial Equity (ASPIRE) project, register to attend the College Changes Everything Conference, join us to learn about the digitized Career Foundations curriculum, read about the what’s new with Ability to Benefit in Illinois, and provide comments on the IBHE strategic plan!


February 9, 2021

Paid Internships | Victory in Springfield | WE Job Postings

Learn more about Women Employed’s paid summer internships through The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program, read about our latest victory in Springfield, access free workshops for students to become equipped advocates, help us spread the word about current job openings on our team, and join us in celebrating Senator McGuire!

December 2, 2020

Let’s Talk Racial Equity | Free Student Advocacy Workshops | Support Services Survey

Join Women Employed for a webinar addressing racial equity gaps in higher ed, access free workshops for students to become equipped advocates, take a survey to help improve supportive services in Illinois, learn about your rights to employment rights and protections during the pandemic, and take a survey to share your input about WE’s work!

September 15, 2020

Racial Equity | Free Student Advocacy Workshops | Fair Tax | Roundtable of Sisterhood

Download and read Women Employed’s new equity brief, learn how Career Foundations is continuing  virtually, access free workshops for students to become equipped advocates, read how the Illinois’ Developmental Education Task Force is making education more equitable, sign on to become a supporter of the Fair Tax bill, and join the Roundtable of Sisterhood for a conversation about young women’s success at work!

June 16, 2020

Justice Requires Disruptive Intent | Illinois Budget and Higher Ed | Resources for Adult Students

Read a letter from our CEO calling for racial justice, learn how the revised state budget in Illinois will impact higher education, access our list of resources for adult students impacted by the pandemic, share ideas and best practices for virtual learning, watch a testimonial about the importance of adult education, and read our recommendations to Congress to recover from the pandemic.

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.