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.



  • Oct

    Aligning Education, Investing in Bridges, Student Update

    Get help making the business case for bridge programs, read about how the budget impasse is affecting students, learn about changes to the FAFSA, and find out how we're aligning adult ed programs across Chicago into a career pathways system.
  • Sep

    IL Budget, Scheduling, On-Ramps, and Transitions

    Find out what IL's lack of a budget means for students with MAP grants, share your stories about students struggling with unstable work schedules, find out how our summer interns made our bridge program curricula more accessible, and more.
  • Jun

    WIOA | Strategic Plan Recs | ATB Enrollment

    Find out about the new ability-to-benefit enrollment date, join us at the next Chicago Jobs Council Workforce Development Working Group meeting, and read our recommendations to the Illinois Community College Board on strengthening workforce and adult education.
  • Apr

    GED Alternatives, Budget Cuts, and MAP Update

    Learn about the budget cuts that would devastate IL students and the high school equivalency tests adopted by the Illinois Community College Board, hear how we brought student advocates to talk to their legislators, and download our free Career Foundations curriculum.
  • Mar

    Career Foundations | Proposals Wanted | Supporting Adult Students

    In this issue, find out about the Career Foundations curriculum that helps low-skilled students choose a career path; learn about proposed budget cuts that will impact adult students; and save the date for the fifth annual College Changes Everything Conference.
  • Feb

    Join Our February 18th Career Foundations Webinar

    In this issue, join our February 18th webinar to learn about our Career Foundations curriculum, learn how the Illinois budget crisis puts students at risk, see how free tuition could be transformative for adult students, help build career pathways, and read the recap of our Ready, Set, WIOA webinar.


  • Dec

    Ability to Benefit Reinstated, Finally

    In this issue of Blackboard we celebrate the reinstatement of the ability-to-benefit provision under the Pell Grant and a offer a recap of our WIOA Webinar, including links to the recording and presentation slides.
  • Nov

    Career Foundations Curriculum is Here

    In this issue, learn more about and download our Career Foundations Curriculum; register for our December 10th webinar to discuss WIOA implementation; and make a donation in support of working women.
  • Sep

    Moving Illinois from Goals to Outcomes and More

    In this issue, find our policy agenda on increasing the success of adult education, which you can use in forums and meetings with gubernatorial candidates this fall; see a comprehensive legislative update; and read our summer conference round-up!
  • Jun

    Elevating the Needs of Adult Learners in State Policy and More

    In this issue, learn about Pathways to Career Network’s plans to elevate the needs of adult learners in state policy, check out tips to #GetSmart about college affordability, and read about WE’s participation in a roundtable discussion with legislators to improve pathways to college credentialing.