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.



  • 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.
  • Jun

    RSVP to our #GetSmart Twitterstorm and More

    In this issue of Blackboard, RSVP to our #GetSmart Twitterstorm, get updated on MAP funding, and RSVP to the Pathways to Careers Network June 11th webinar on Elevating the Needs of Adult Learners in State Policy and to the College Changes Everything Conference on July 17th.
  • May

    Let's Talk Advocacy and More

    Join us for a webinar on advocacy, see how students made their voices heard in Springfield, check out the latest in our audio-conference series on developmental ed reform, and more!
  • Apr

    Taking Your Ideas for Low-Skilled Adults to the Top

    Learn how WE is helping to shape a national plan to improve the foundation skills of millions of U.S. adults and mobilizing students to call for increased financial aid funding through March for MAP. Then download new bridge program lesson plans and save the date for The Working Lunch.