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Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success creates support systems for first-generation students,

their families, and their schools to make their dream of a college education a reality.

Post-Secondary Degrees for all Students

The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) is Northeastern Illinois University's educational outreach center to PreK-12 schools and their communities in the Chicago area.

42 Years

in Education

What’s happening at the Center? 

A message from our Interim Director


"My vision for CCAS is to increase the NEIU footprint in the

PK-12 community and build partnerships to increase college access while collaborating with the NEIU Student Success and Retention team and campus departments to foster and drive student success. CCAS will embark on strategic planning in the upcoming months as a community to establish initiatives and programs that will support students, families and educators to achieve our mission and vision, while establishing a pipeline into NEIU.

I would also like to take the opportunity to formally announce

the Center for College Access and Success is moving! After 29 years of service at the 770 N. Halsted location, the University has decided to relocate CCAS to the NEIU El Centro campus in Avondale. To be readily available to the constituents we serve, CCAS members will also be located at the Main Campus in the North Park neighborhood and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in the Bronzeville area."

Irma A. Ortiz

CCAS Interim Director

Upcoming Events

Seeking Success:

Teaching and Learning

During the Pandemic,

A forum for Teachers

Fall 2020

(See Flyer for Dates )

In the summer of 2020, Alternative Schools Network and Chicago GEAR UP invited Teachers to a series of  online conversations, focused on remote learning, to create a space for educators

to build a community of learners, who share best practices, reflect on their teaching, and learn from each other. Our first forum had over 60 people registered, and at least 30 participants joined in conversations around engagement, community, pedagogy and race. 


We now have 6 sessions planned for Fall 2020.


Please join us in sharing successful strategies for engagement, online tools, remote lesson plans, relevant books and more. This is a space for open discussion, teacher reflection, and a place to  practice new techniques. These sessions are

open to teachers who teach during school and after-school.

Creating Opportunities for All Students

A Unique Approach

The Center engages in collaborative partnerships that include teachers, parents, and administrators. Working together with community agencies, universities, arts and cultural organizations, and businesses, we share knowledge and resources.


Working in middle school through high school and the first year of college, CCAS provides activities and support to help students develop the skills they need to prepare for college and to succeed once they are there. We encourage students to think college and careers early, and graduate with a degree.

CCAS helps make college real.


Parents are active partners in our programs and encouraged to create a college-going culture in their homes. Our family engagement programs result in greater parental involvement in the schools, with the added benefit of increasing the number of parents who continue their own education.



Each year, hundreds of  teachers participate in professional development, coaching, endorsement courses, and conferences. We share strategies that improve literacy and math skills, English language acquisition, and special education of Chicago-area urban, low income, first-generation students.



Center for College Access and Success

Northeastern Illinois University

El Centro Campus

3390 N. Avondale Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

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