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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? 

Seeking Success:

Teaching and Learning

During the Pandemic,

A Forum for Teachers

July 23, 2020

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Virtual Workshop

Free Workshop

Open to ASN (Alternative School

Network) Teachers and Chicago

GEAR UP Teachers.

We’ve been collaborating with ASN (Alternative School Network) around remote learning and the challenges our teachers are facing. As a result, ASN and CCAS/GEAR UP are hosting a series of teacher forums about remote learning. 

This forum is meant to be a place where teachers can share:

  • Resources

  • Strategies

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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