The State of Illinois Upward Mobility Program is a career mobility program designed to give state employees an opportunity to advance to more challenging, higher paying positions. It is a joint venture between CMS and AFSCME. Employees receive individual counseling to inform them of the career opportunities available and to guide them in developing their career plans. Participants take proficiency exams and/or complete required education and training programs designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed for advancement.
Employees can work toward advancement in five major career paths: Data Processing, Office Services, Accounting, Human Services, and Medical.
Eligibility & Enrollment - 2016 Online Open Enrollment is available now thru August 31st!
THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO FUNDS AVAILABLE TO PAY COLLEGE TUITION AS NO APPROPRIATION WAS MADE FOR THE PROGRAM IN THE STATE'S FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.
You can however, submit your enrollment online by using the Eligibility and Enrollment link any time prior to August 31, 2016. Any Forms received/postmarked after August 31, 2016, will be kept on file until the next enrollment period.
Due to the lack of funding, the Upward Mobility Staffing has been reduced. Please be patient as there are now two Upward Mobility staff that are responsible for the administration of this program, compared to six staff plus field counselors in the past years.
You will be notified on a first come first serve basis on your acceptance into the program beginning October 2016. You will also be counseled in the order your registration form is received.
Participants in the Upward Mobility Program have more than 50 targeted job titles to choose from.
If you are like most people, you have probably experienced some degree of test anxiety at one time or another.
Test anxiety is the feeling of fear you have when your performance is about to be evaluated. When you experience this type of anxiety, your abilities to think and to pay attention drop at the time you need them most. What can you do to alleviate this anxiety you feel during the testing process?
The Upward Mobility Program and the AFSCME Personal Support Program have prepared a booklet, "Tips to Control Test Anxiety", which contains an overview of the many ways to better manage your test anxiety. Please follow the Step-by-Step method of controlling test anxiety. Check off the steps that you already follow and concentrate on those you may need. The booklet is in PDF format and may be viewed using Acrobat Reader.
Guidelines governing the Upward Mobility Program.
Write or call the Upward Mobility Program for more information.