Responding to the needs of students, parents, and teachers

COLLEGE TOURS

Students (sometimes with their parents) board buses for an extended weekend of touring universities and colleges. For some, this is the first time they have ever been on a college campus. More than 3500 students went on these tours during the 2016 spring break.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

Parents are an intregal part of all of our programs. Their input and support help make programs a success in their schools. Those who are exceptionally involved in childrens' education are invited to join the Leadership Institute.

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCES

Our educational conferences support teachers in the classroom. Each conference highlights a topic that is relevant and engaging: STEAM, iMATHination, Young Adult Literature, and Inquiry and Design. Along with experiencing stimulating curriculum, teachers can obtain grants to finance materials for classroom use.

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Summer is one of the busiest times at the Center where it is all hands on board to run Summer Academies, Teacher Conferences, and Parent programs. Freshman Connection is an 8th-9th grade summer transition program where students learn about their new high school while brushing up on English and Math skills. summer schedule

 

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Expanding on our resources, we constantly rethink and reexamine what we can bring to our clientele. If there is a need in the classroom, we provide it. Our Units for Materials grants allows teachers to decide what works best for their students and share it with other teachers.

CENTERSPACE

The CenterSpace is a learning and making center for teachers and parents alike. We have a schedule of workshops developed by Center staff and outside educational groups. The CenterSpace has 3-D printers, laminators, vinyl cutters, button makers, a hot press and other "maker" equipment. centerspace

Extending resources by working with partners

STUDENT LITERACY
Teen Spotlight: Angel Potts

ChiTeen Lit Fest aims to provide a safe and creative space for young adults to unlock and discover their unique voice through literary arts. Angel is a GEAR UP sophomore at Corliss High School in Pullman. A talented writer, she served as a GEAR UP teen ambassador and co-hosted the Headliners' Panel at the ChiTeen Lit Fest. ChiTeen Lit Fest

STEM KNOWLEDGE
Strengthening Math and Science Skills

In a partnership that includes Columbia College Chicago, the REC Foundation, and the Museum of Science and Industry, the Center encourages students to recognize their potential in math and science and to pursue post-secondary degrees in these fields. UpwardBound 

MAKERMOB and HIVE
Families Sharing STEM initiatives

Maker MOB is a mobile on-site building group that brings STEM initiatives to families. Tables set up at flea markets, festivals, and other open air events give students and their parents a chance to become a maker while learning about science, technology, engineering and math.  Maker Mob

DISCOVERING HEALTH CARE CAREERS
Targeting health inequities in underserved communities while addressing youth unemployment

Discovering Health Care Careers, engages students in a 6-week summer job shadowing opportunity at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This program allows bilingual, Latino students to prepare for careers in the health care profession.

 

ACADEMIC AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Shattering the Status Quo

Center expertise is helping corporate partner JPMorgan Chase with the Chicago pilot site of The Fellowship Initative. Intensive academic and leadership training could help young men of color graduate from high school, access and persist in competitive four year colleges and universities. The Fellowship Iniative

 

 

Programs

21st Century Community of Learners

Arts at the Center

Cicero-Berwyn Education Initiative

GEAR UP

Talent Search

Upward Bound Math & Science

Experiential Learning

Motivational Interviewing

CenterSpace Workshop Calendar

Professional Development Workshop Series

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathemathics (STEM)


iMathination Conference

Inquiry and Design Institute

Young Adult Literature Conference

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Endorsements

 

Center Adminstration

Grant Programs

Parent Resources

CenterSpace

 

 

Center for College
Access and Success

770 N Halsted, Suite 420
Chicago, IL 60642
312-563-7210
fax 312-733-7330