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Northeastern Illinois University 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? 

GEAR UP Reading Endorsement Information Session

February 25, 2020

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Northeastern Illinois University

El Centro Campus

3390 N. Avondale Ave., Room 301

Chicago, IL 60618

Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success and Northeastern's Literacy Education Program Invite teachers at our GEAR UP partner schools to join one of the GEAR UP Reading Endorsement cohorts.

Reading Endorsement classes begin in May 2020.

Program open to GEAR UP teachers working in our GEAR UP cohort high schools. 

14th Annual

(STEAM)² Conference 

April 17 - 18, 2020

The Q Conference Center

1405 N. 5th Ave.

St. Charles, IL 60174

Changing the FACE of STEAM, One Educator at

a Time


Formerly known as iMATHination, the (STEAM)² 

Conference is a two-day professional development experience open to all educators and STEAM enthusiasts, presented by Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success

Conference Highlights

STEAM Maker Fair

An exhibition of interactive projects, innovative classroom technologies and make-and-take activities.

Skill-Building Workshops

Interdisciplinary sessions featuring hands-on content that can be immediately applied to the classroom.

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.



770 N. Halsted St., Suite 420

Chicago, Illinois 60642


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