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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.  

https://icsps.illinoisstate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Essential-Employability-Skills-Framework-Final-Printed-Version.pdf

Vitamin benefits questioned article in Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-older-adults-vitamins-20180406-story.html

Is there such a thing as "normal aging" as the years go by?
https://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/is-there-such-a-thing-as-normal-aging-as-the-years-go-by/

HST Sample Lesson Tutorial

History 

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).

Current 

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. 

GOALS:

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. 

CONTACTS:

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.

Illinois HOSA website - www.illinoishosa.org

IACTE website - www.iacte.org

SOCIAL MEDIA:

TWITTER:  Follow me at "@budde_nance" 

***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.
 
 
 
Please visit the latest HST video
 
November 2018 Newsletter Edition
 
Use this link below:
 
 
 
 
 
Have you seen the latest healthcare news?
 
 
Check out "HST NEWS" for these articles!
 
  • The Stigma of Mental Illness is making us sicker.

  • Number of babies borns with syphilis has more than doubled.

  • During breast cancer month, don't forget the men.

  • Why you should get a flu shot.

  • Cancer quandry for elderly in Nursing Homes.

  • How daylight saving time affects your sleep and overall health.

  • New research says Alzheimer's & other Dementias will hit minorities hardest in the coming years.
  • Does eating "organic" help prevent cancer? 

ARTICLES COMING SOON!

 

  • Gum health linked to blood pressure.
  • Targeted treatments halt spread of advanced lung cancer.
  • Dark roast coffee might reduce risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, a study suggests.
  • Updated exercise guidelines: from age 3 and up, GET MOVING. 
  • Doctors say most Americans are dehydrated. 
 
 
 
Hope to see you at the 
 
IACTE Conference
 
February 14 & 15, 2019
 
 
Be sure to check out our Health Science Breakout sessions!
 
 
  • How do you handle emergency & non-emergency events in your classroom?!?

 

  • Learn how to use your data to make pivots in your curriculum that will improve student outcomes!

 

  • Update on MyCAERT health science technology lesson plans.  Learn what is NEW
 
 
 
 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
 
Tinley Park Convention Center 
 
18451 Convention Center Drive
 
Tinley Park, IL.
 
FREE  all day Professional Development
 
 
Trauma Informed Care (ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences)
 
 
Educator Self Care
 
Social / Emotional impact on students
 
 
The research from the Kaiser Permanente study on ACEs is clear and compelling. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have far reaching impact within our communities and our schools and is noted to be a public health crisis.  Attend this session to review the brain science behind ACEs and explore concepts and frameworks to apply universally that will assist in building more resilient students. At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a strengthened understanding of the ACEs research in order to positively impact student academic and social outcomes. Also, participants will learn strategies for practicing self-care to manage their compassion fatigue as a result of caring for others. Finally, participants will learn strategies that will assist them in building the positive relationships necessary to help students succeed to the best of their abilities.
 
 
6 PD hours available
 
 
8:00 a.m. registration
 
 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PD sessions
 
LUNCH on your own
REGISTRATION LINK will be available on 12/1! 
Check back to our website!
 
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE
All CNA instructors
Annual CNAEA meeting
April 12, 2019
Springfield @ the Northfield Inn
 
 
 
SUMMER ACADEMY 
Save the dates! 
 
 
Mark your calendars now!  
You won't want to miss these 2 exciting & informative days
of professional development!
16 PD hours will be available
Northern Region in Naperville on June 10 & 11, 2019 @ NIU Conference Center
Central Region in Springfield on June 17 & 18, 2019 @ IEA Professional Development Center
Southern Region on June 20 & 21, 2019 @ Mt. Vernon High School
 
The registration link will be coming soon!
 
 
 
U.S. Nursing Assistants
 
 
Employed
 
 
in Nursing Homes
 
 
Over 600,000 nursing assistants deliver personal care, assistance with ADLs and clinical support to 1.5 million nursing home residents across the United States.
 
 
91% are female.
 
 
9% are male.
 
 
Most nursing assistants are under age 45.  The median age is 36.
 
 
2.2 median hours per resident per day spent with CNAs.
 
 
Median CNA income of $21,200 per year. ($12.84/hour) 
 
 
Half of nusring assistants have completed no formal education beyond high school. 
 
CNAs are over 3 times more likely to experience workplace injuries than the typical U.S. worker.
 
 
76% work full time for a full year.
 
  • In the years ahead, nursing assistants will contribute more to nursing home employment growth than any other occupation. HOWEVER, due in part to the rebalancing of services toward home and community-based settings, nursing home growth will be modest, with an estimated 4,200 new nursing assistant postions added between 2016 - 2026. 
 
***Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wage Estimates, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Census Bureau, analysis by PHI (July 13, 2018)
 
 
CTE Student Enrollment in 2017 Statewide
  • HST 10,224
  • Family & Consumer Sience 101,046
  • Agricultural Education 30,102
  • Business, Marketing & Computer Education 105,492
  • Technology & Engineering Education 87,620

 

ILLINOIS HOSA STATE LEADERSHIP
 
CONFERENCE DATE & LOCATION:
 
March 13-15, 2019 at Decatur Convention Center & Hotel
REGISTRATION FEE: $80
1st SEMESTER deadline for National Recognition Program is
 
October 15, 2018
1st SEMESTER dealdine for Illinois State Conference eligibility is
 
 
November 2, 2018
 
HOSA NATIONAL CHARITY PROJECT
 
National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
 
 
SUMMER ACADEMY PD SESSION
 
 "Take Aways" 
 
"WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU??"
 
Presented by: Brooks Harper
 
 
Watch your GPA -- GOALS / PLAN / ACHIEVE
1st impression is important!  
During an interview:
  • play up your values
  • it's important to "sell" yourself - tell stories & use facts 
  • stress that you always finish what you start
  • job shadow
  • your NAME is your most valuable asset

BEHAVORIAL SKILLS are soft skills - these can equal DOLLAR$

Dilligence - NEVER DO LESS

Organization (manage your time and your money)

Leadership

Learning

Accountability (take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR actions)

Relationships

$Speak well (good grammar) 

 

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRT AID

 

"Take Aways"

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • 3% of 13-17 year olds have an eating disorder
  • 11% of school aged youths have ADD / AHD
  • 17% of females experience depression
  • 5.1% of males experience depression
  • Overall, 11.4% experience depression 

 

Teens are very resilient!  RECOVERY is POSSIBLE! 

The pattern for Youth Mental Health

Well --- Becoming unwell --- Unwell --- Recovery

USE the ALGEE 5 step plan!

  • Assess for risk
  • Listen non-judgementally
  • Give reassurance & information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE - 1-800-273-TALK

 

 
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM
 
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION***
 
 
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.

 

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM

 

 THE AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION***

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,

DON'T DELAY! 

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. https://nurseaidetesting.com/

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