Southern Illinois Professional Development Center

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Southern Illinois Professional Development Center, SIPDC, provides professional/staff development services to enhance the effectiveness of those serving adult learners. This site provides a sample of what is available through the SIPDC, links to other resources and programs and an opportunity for you to contact us with your needs and requests.


ur mission is to provide quality staff development, focusing on curriculum and instruction, to all instructors of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Adult and Family Literacy programs.

Programs contribute to the direction of staff development by participating in an annual needs assessment process.  Additional ICCB mandatory trainings/workshops are also provided throughout the year. 

Workshops are held in a variety of venues:  on-site, regionally, and via the distance learning tool, GoToTraining.

What is Adult Education?

Adult Education refers to programs that help American adults obtain the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens.  The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language.  These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.

English As a Second Language
An English as a Second Language (ESL) newsletter is published and disseminated quarterly containing information, topics and sessions for ESL instructors.  To submit an article or idea, email Linda Cox (  To be placed on our email listserv, contact Pat Wellen (

Special Learning Needs

The SIPDC conducts year-long trainings (in person and online) for Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists. This enables the certificate holder to administer and interpret the Payne Learning Needs Inventory, make recommendations on instruction improvement and enable the program to effectively address the needs of all students. 

 Adult Education Programs

The SIPDC provides support, service, and staff development to the following programs geographically located in the southern one-third of Illinois. Specific program information may be obtained by visiting the Adult Education Provider Locator at

01.  Bond/Effingham/Fayette Regional Office of  Education# 3, Vandalia
02.  Kaskaskia Community College, Centralia
03.  Lake Land Community College, Mattoon
04.  Pana Community Unit District#8, Pana
05.  Rend Lake College, Ina
06.  Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville
07.  St. Clair County Regional Office of Education, Belleville
08.  Monroe/Randolph Regional Office of Education, Chester
09.  Illinois Eastern Community College, Fairfield
10.  John A. Logan College, Carterville
11.  Southern Illinois University Carbondale-Evaluation and Developmental Center, Carbondale
12.  Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale
13.  Shawnee Community College, Ullin
14.  Regional Office of Education #02, Ullin
15.  Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg
16.  Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey
17.  Regional Office of Education #40, Carlinville
18.  Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7, Edwardsville
19.  Illinois Department of Corrections
       a.  Graham Correctional Center, Hillsboro
       b.  Lawrence Correctional Center, Sumner
       c.  Pinckneyville Correctional Center, Pinckneyville
       d.  Vandalia Correctional Center, Vandalia


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