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Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success works with educational partners to increase benefits to our participants by sharing knowledge and resources.


School Districts

Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

CPS is the third largest school district in the nation with approximately 85% of students of Latino or African-American descent. The student body includes 87% from low-income

homes and 12.2% reported to have limited English proficiency.

J. Sterling Morton High School District 201


J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 is a school district headquartered in Cicero, Illinois, United States. The district serves the city of Berwyn, the town of Cicero, and the villages

of Lyons and Stickney. There are currently 7,945 students.


Northeastern Illinois University


As our parent university, Northeastern Illinois University is pivotal in our search for funding, access to current research

and development, and for the administrative and faculty program support which enriches our content.

University of Chicago


Hexacago Health Academy (HHA), funded by the National Institute for Health, is a game-based approach to engaging

youth in health and science. HHA uses game play, interaction with science and health professionals, and mentoring to teach high school students about major public health issues.

Columbia College


Scientists for Tomorrow offers science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) programs to students, parents, and educators who want to understand and embrace STEAM. They work closely with our Director of STEM Initiatives to integrate STEM into CCAS programs.

City Colleges of Chicago

Georgia Tech

Kansas State University

Loyola University Chicago 

Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Cultural Institutions

Museum of Science and Industry

MSI Chicago Mini Maker Faire is an annual event celebrating

the local maker culture. The Center has participated in this

event since its inception.

Harold Washington Library


YOUmedia is a place where high school students can explore, create, collaborate, and learn new skills. This innovative, 21st century digital learning space is designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Poetry Foundation is a supporter of the ChiTeen Lit Fest

of which CCAS is a partner.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Illinois Holocaust Museum


JPMorgan Chase

The Fellowship Initiative is a mentoring program that supports young men of color throughout the college and career planning process.

Texas Instruments


Texas Instruments is a long-time partner in the public schools. We rely on their graphing calculators in math and science classes to bring robotics to life. Their STEM Squad brought the TI-Rover to our campus at NEIU to demonstrate self-driving cars at a student event this year.

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


Discovering Healthcare Careers is a summer program for students interested in the medical field. During this six-week program, high school juniors from partner high schools learn about hospital careers through workshops, presentations and shadowing medical staff in various departments.

University of Illinois Outpatient Care Center


CHAMPIONS NETwork empowers youth to improve the

health care for their community and to be future health care professionals. The summer program trains 11th and

12th grade students to become health advocates while the school-year initiatives provide college preparation and career development.

American Medical Association

57th Street Books I The Seminary Co-op


In support of teacher projects related to the ChiTeen Lit Fest and our STEM and literacy conferences, 57th Street Books in Hyde Park has become our key source for reading materials. They sponsor Educator's Night twice a year, allowing our teachers to share some of the curriculum they create with our Units for Books program. They offer bulk sale discounts for our conferences and hold a Shelf Talker Workshop for students.

Chicago Literacy Alliance


The Chicago Literacy Alliance (CLA) is dedicated to increasing the combined impact of the community’s literacy agencies by providing opportunities for creative and effective collaboration. They envision a future in which 100% of Chicagoland residents are functionally literate, and in which their shared literacy is a defining characteristic and point of pride for our home.

The Poetry Foundation


The Poetry Foundation is a supporter of the ChiTeen Lit Fest.

Studs Terkel Radio Archive


Alternative Schools Network


Center for News Literacy

Young Chicago Authors

Chicago Learning Exchange I Hive


CLX is a nonprofit organization that works with a growing community of youth-serving organizations, cultural institutions, city agencies, employers, and universities to remake learning

in Chicago so it’s driven by learners’ interests, enhanced by technology, and connected to opportunity. They invest in people, programs and innovations that help close Chicago's opportunity gap.

Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training (AWC)


AWC engages and empowers communities with the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation. This project is an outgrowth of the 40th commemoration of the Chicago Freedom Movement. Their workshop, Get On Board! bus tour lets participants experience the sites and significance of this movement today.

Mumkin Studio

Mikva Challenge

Plant Chicago

WE Schools

Convergence Design Lab

STEM Partners

Girls Who Code 


Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase women in computer science. The organization works to close the gender employment difference in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like.




SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an

in-school or out-of-school setting.

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