GEAR UP is a federally funded program that works in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to prepare Chicago students for success in post-secondary education.

GEAR UP National Objectives

Since 1999, CCAS has been awarded six GEAR UP grants to work with students from 7th grade into the first year of college/ postsecondary education.

  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.

  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education.

  • Increase GEAR UP students and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.


GEAR UP Postsecondary Support

CCAS staff support GEAR UP students through high school

and into their first year of college. Mentors work with students

the summer after senior year to make sure all steps to enrollment are completed. Once in college, GEAR UP

continues support, particularly in City Colleges of Chicago,

which have GEAR UP Resource Rooms to provide guidance

and tutoring to successfully complete freshman year and

prepare for program completion or transfer to a four-year institution.

GEAR UP Parent as Partner Model

Our approach to building family partnerships is based on collaborative work with schools and communities, is informed

by a body of research on the relationships between parental involvement and student success. The belief that adult learners are self-directed, goal-oriented, and capable (Moll, et al., 2001) is the cornerstone of CCAS/NEIU’s approach to valuing parents’ experiences and knowledge.


Visit the Chicago GEAR UP site for upcoming events.


Center for College Access and Success

Northeastern Illinois University

El Centro Campus

3390 N. Avondale Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

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