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.

Our Mission

ur mission is to provide quality staff development, focusing on transitioning and special learning needs, to all instructors affiliated with the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Adult Education and Literacy program.

Trainings are held in a variety of venues:  on-site, regionally, and online.

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.

What is Transitioning?

SIPDC provides professional development in the areas of Bridge development, integrated model development and sustainability. Additionally, career development, transition services and contextualized instruction are focuses of professional development to assist programs in transitioning adult education students to post-secondary and/or the workforce.

What is Special Learning Needs?

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

SIPDC provides support, service, and staff development to adult education programs across the state of Illinois. Specific program information may be obtained by visiting the Adult Education Provider Locator at


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