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NACCTEP Newsletter College Spotlight

Education Program at Illinois Valley Community College

815 N Orlando Smith Ave

Oglesby,  Il



Marianne Dzik

Jill Urban-Bollis

Diane Christianson

Jamie Gahm


Dean of English, Math, Education

NACCTEP member

Educational Psychology Professor/Education Program Coordinator



Early Childhood Professor/ Program Coordinator          


Director of Continuing Education & Business Services


College Facts:




Illinois Valley Community College

IVCC is a comprehensive public community college located in Oglesby, IL. Poised high up on the bluff situated on 425 acres overlooking the picturesque Illinois River. IVCC was founded in 1924 with seven instructors, two administrators and 32 freshmen.  Today, approximately 4,000 students are enrolled for Fall of 2006 with 90 full time faculty, and 143 part-time faculty members, with total number of employees reaching about 456 members.

Description of the Education Program:

 IVCC has been working to enhance the teacher education program.  The program is designed to address the needs of highly qualified teacher preparation.  Education courses are aligned to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.  In addition, efforts include developing an education program with courses and workshops to meet teacher re-certification requirements and a program that addresses some of the concerns and challenges of the “teacher shortage” situation.  Courses are offered on campus, on line and in a blended format.  In addition, students have the opportunity for early clinical experiences as observation hours are imbedded in several courses.

The program provides courses and workshops for transfer education majors, associate degree majors in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, paraprofessional development and teacher education professional development.

The program is divided into three key areas:  Early Childhood Education (birth – age 8), Education (k-12) and Continuing Education & Business Services.  The Education Program is staffed by Jill Urban-Bollis, the Education Program Coordinator/Full time professor.  The ECE program is staffed by Diane Christianson, the Early Childhood Program Coordinator/Professor.   The ECE program also includes two nationally accredited Early Childhood Centers, a Parent/Teacher Resource Center, and administers a Before-and-After School-Age program.   Marianne Dzik is the dean for both of these programs which are part of the division, Mathematics, English and Education. 

IVCC is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education as an approved provider of professional development activities for CPDU/CEU credit for teacher recertification.  The Continuing Education and Business Services Division serves as the outreach office for college activities in the community and is responsible for special programming and services for area educators.  These include community service programs, credit and non-credit offerings for occupational upgrading, leisure and vocational courses, undergraduate and graduate course work and workshops, business training and workforce development programs. Recent topics include sign language, managing teen and child behaviors, working with mood disorders and Spanish for teachers/administrators.

 As a part of the community connection, the Early Childhood Program and the Education Program have each formed advisory councils that meet each year.   The committee serves as a means to network and to build relationships with education partners in our community.  Advisory members include IVCC faculty and administrators, local teachers and administrators and/or day care providers, paraprofessionals, representatives from the Regional Office of Education and from the office representing special education. 

 Education Program Successes:

·        Developed  Basic Skills Preparation Workshop

·        Aligned courses to the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards

·        Developed  Paraprofessional Certificate/Degree Program

·        Offering online and blended courses

·        Provide opportunities for early clinical experiences

·        Partner with the Regional Office of Education to offer Paraprofessional Workshop/Workkeys Exam

·        Currently applying for an Associates of Arts in Teaching Degree- ECE

·        Offer graduate level courses on campus from local universities

·        Offer Continuing Professional Development Units

·        Formed the Education Advisory Counsel

·        Member of ICCEF (Illinois Community College Education Faculty Association) and  NACCTEP


 The Associates of Arts in Teaching (AAT) in Early Childhood Education has been approved by the IVCC Board of Trustees and is approved by the the state.