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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

June 11, 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. The first forum, Seeking Success: Teaching and Learning During the Pandemic, is scheduled for June 11th, from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm on Zoom. 

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

  • Resources

  • Strategies

  • Methods you’ve used and had success with 

Earn Your Reading 

Endorsement Tuition-Free

Information Session

June 17, 2020

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Virtual Workshop

Free Information Session

Open to Chicago GEAR UP Teachers

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

Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate Program in Literacy Education at Northeastern Illinois University. Candidates must successfully complete test administered by the State of Illinois to receive their endorsement. 

To learn more about this incredible opportunity, join the informational meeting on June 17, 2020. 

Please email Dr. April Nauman by noon on June 17, 2020 and she will send you the link. 

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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