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The Center for College Access and Success creates support systems for first-generation students to make their dream of a

college education a reality.

Post-Secondary Degrees for all Students

The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) 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 

Young Adult Literature


October 18 - 19, 2019

Q Center

1405 North 5th Avenue

St. Charles, Illinois 60174

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Since 2000, the popular Young Adult Literature Conference(YAL) has demonstrated how compelling books and engaging learning strategies provide powerful learning experiences. Teachers will participate in interactive workshops featuring exciting books and useful teaching strategies. 

$450.00 for teachers from non-partnership schools.

$325.00 for NEIU staff and NEIU students 

$50 for teachers in Chicago GEAR UP Schools

Day of the Dead

Workshop Series 2019

October 23, 2019,

October 30, 2019 &

November 6, 2019

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Center for College Access and Success

770 N. Halsted, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60642

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Join us for our annual Day of the Dead Workshop Series 2019.

Day of the Dead (el Día de Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It's not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make altars (called ofrendas) in their homes to welcome the spirits.

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2 CPDUs | Clock Hours per workshop

Mastering the SAT: A New

Insight Into the SAT

November 16, 2019

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Center for College Access and Success

770 N. Halsted, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60642

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Join MasteryPrep as we review our most up-to-date findings on the SAT and provide you the tools you need to put our research into action in the classroom.

4 CPDUs | Clock Hours

Free for Chicago GEAR UP partnership schools.

Workshop Open to:

Chicago GEAR UP Math & English teachers working with 11th and 12th grade in a Chicago GEAR UP cohort school. $50 honorarium will be sent to teachers after workshop participation

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.


From the time they are in middle school to the first year of college, CCAS offers support and encouragement.  We give students the tools they need to prepare for college, and once they are there, the skills to be a success.


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 more than 1,200  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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