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Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework

The Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework is designed to define and clarify the essential employability skills and provide a standard for the state. Essential employability skills are those general skills that are required to be successful in all sectors of the labor market and are separate from the technical skills attained in career pathways or academic skills such as math and reading. The framework was developed through the collaboration of the Illinois Community College Board; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; representatives of Illinois businesses; local chambers of commerce; secondary, post-secondary and adult educators and professionals; and other important stakeholders.

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HST Sample Lesson Tutorial


A committee of business and education professionals began work in July 2005 to establish recommended content for a Health Science Technology (HST) orientation program and to determine a recommended structure for the Curriculum Revitalization Initiative (CRI) lesson plans, now part of MYcaert.  The committee based the HST program content on the existing Illinois Agriculture model, the national Health Science Career Cluster program, and curriculum models from across the country.  Over several months, they also identified a set of tasks for HST orientation level lessons.  Using the tasks identified, teams of teacher/writers wrote lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and assessments for the orientation-level course in HST that is aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


Below is an example of a HST lesson plan (Use Communication Skills Appropriately in the Workplace) that can be accessed through MYcaert, a free resource for Illinois teachers.  For more information on MYcaert:  Click HERE, go to the MYcaert link at the top of this page, or Take a Tour.  MYcaert is always looking for teachers to expand its library.  In HST, they are currently looking for writers with technical expertise in Emergency Medical Service, Medical Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician.  If that is you, contact Ron Biondo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Heath Science Technology

The mission of the Illinois Career and Technical Education Innovative Curriculum Resources Project headed by Illinois State University and funded by Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, is to facilitate and coordinate Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in public, secondary and post secondary schools in Illinois. 


Provide state-wide coordination of CTE programs, career awareness and development of initiatives through the creation and dissemination of on-line activities and lesson plans relating to career exploration, career decision making and career guidance. 
Assist in bridging the gap between employers and the educational field by researching strategies to improve communication and collaborative efforts within and between EFE Directors, CTE teachers, career counselors, post secondary institutions and workforce advisory boards. 
Provide innovative, research based, curricular resources through various activities and evaluative techniques.
Undertake a process to review existing CTE curriculum materials, help in the dissemination of curriculum materials, provide professional development based and develop ancillary materials to help support the curriculum materials for Illinois CTE professionals, institutions and workforce advisory boards. 


HST Leader - Nance Budde RN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISBE - HST Principal Consultant -- Whitney Mehaffy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

IHOA President - Mary Spata RN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Executive Director, Illinois HOSA - April Sonnefeldt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President, Illinois HOSA Board of Directors - Karen Calligaris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National HOSA Lieutenant on Compretitive Event Team for Health Profession Events category - Karen Aldworth RN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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***Check out the Illinois Health Occupations Association (IHOA) website!  Join other amazing HST educators in Illinois in making IHOA a leader in HST education resources, professional development, networking, and collaboration.  For information on joining the work of IACTE and its health affiliate IHOA, click HERE.
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Some heart attacks are sudden & intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.  
Here are the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening!
  • Chest discomfort.  Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back.  It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.  Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.  This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort.  But it can also occur without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


If you or someone you're with has one or more of these signs, call 911 immediately.

  Get to the hospital right away.





Stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY!  Every second counts, because TIME LOST is BRAIN LOST!  Know these stroke warning signs and share them with others:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.


If you or someone with you has  one or more of they signs,


Call 911 immediately so an ambulance -- ideally with advanced life support -- can come.  


Check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared.  It's important to take immediate action.  If given within three (3) hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce the long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. 





HST Resources

Health Sciences STEM Profile 

Developed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Health Sciences STEM Profile provides highlights and the nature of the Health Science industry in Illinois, as well as current and projected employment opportunities in health occupations throughout the state. 

Health Science Career, Wages & Trends 

Developed by Illinois workNet, the Health Sciences Career, Wages & Trends allows exploration of various career pathways (including Health Science), the skills and training required, and the job demand and wages in Illinois.

Health Science Technology Guide to Program Planning 

Developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Articulated Program Guide for Health Occupations in the Secondary Schools suggests health occupations program course content and sequences to cover four full years of study for grades 9 through 12.

Health Science Technology Matrix 

Developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Career Programs in Health Sciences Technology matrix presents suggested courses for 21 health occupation career clusters.

Health Science Technology Career Guide 

Students searching for information about careers and training opportunities in the health professions in Illinois are able to find what they need in the expanded A Guide to Health Careers in Illinois. The Guide provides information on over 200 health science professions taught in over 580 training programs in Illinois.

Nurse Aide Testing home page 

The information is provided in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), Illinois Nurse Assistant Competency Exam (INACE) project.  You will find information about the requirements to become a CNA in the State of Illinois as well as documents needed to begin the process.

Standards – National Consortium for Health Science Education

Health Consortium

Health Science | Advance CTE

HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY STATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - current listing of all Health Science Technology courses in Illinois for 2019  


Additional HST resources are available on the Illinois State Board of Education's HST College and Career Readiness page.


For more information on health science technology resources visit the Illinois State Board of Education website