Program Listings

The Office of College & Career Success (OCCS) coordinates academic programming, such as CTE (Career & Technical Education), as well as school-based staff with a focus on college and career preparation, such as counselors. Together, OPCC’s resources work to strengthen college preparation curricula and guidance supports in all Chicago high schools. In addition, we partner with local and national colleges and universities to create an array of college experiences and resources for students. We also collaborate with industry partners to provide work-based learning and prepare students for career exploration experiences.


Chicago Builds

A training program for 11th and 12th graders who want to pursue a career in construction.

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Chicago Police & Firefighter Training Academy

The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) program provides training for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. The 2-year program was developed jointly by the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). The program recruits and trains up to 250 public and non-public high school students each year. One of the immediate goals is to provide a pool of qualified applicants for the city’s police and fire academies.

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Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars: Committed to College and Career Success
Thanks for your interest in being a Chicago Scholar. Our Scholars are students from high schools all over Chicago with college ambitions. They are primarily from low-income families and are often the first in their families to attend college. Here is some information you’ll need as you decide to apply.

Scholars apply as high school juniors
We offer a five year program to support you as you apply to and then go through college. If you’re interested in going to college but maybe a little confused by how to go about it, that’s where being a Chicago Scholar can help. We look for energetic and promising high school juniors determined to make the most of their high school and college experiences. Scholars receive support in the college application process and in career exploration once in college. You will also have an adult mentor and then a peer mentor to help you along the way.

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College Tours

College catalogs, virtual tours, and websites are great resources for learning about a college, but seeing a college for yourself can be the best way to determine if a school is right for you. Here are a few steps for planning a successful campus visit on your own:

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Collegiate Scholars

The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (UCCSP) was founded in 2003 as a three-year program that aims to prepare talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10-12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities. UCCSP is shaped around a core curriculum of humanities, social science, math, and science courses during the summer months taught by University of Chicago faculty and PhD candidates, and enrichment activities geared toward college readiness, cultural awareness, and civic engagement during the academic year.

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Dual Credit

The Dual Credit program allows you as a high school junior or senior the opportunity to earn college credits while also completing high school graduation requirements. Credits earned are transferable to many four-year colleges or universities.

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Dual Enrollment

Do You Want To Earn  Free College Credit While In High School?
The Dual Enrollment program allows motivated CPS high school junior and senior students the opportunity to earn college credits, while attending high school. The credits you earn are transferable to many four-year colleges or universities.

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Howard University "Escape to Mecca" College Tour

The Howard University annual Escape to Mecca (E2M) Tour Program is a college experience designed to expose talented high school students from Chicago Public Schools to the greatness of the Mecca of African American education, Howard University by immersing participants in the educational, cultural, and social environment of the campus and D. C. area.

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Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program

The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (formerly known as IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) is a free, two year academic enrichment program that empowers high-achieving Chicago-area high school students to make a difference in their communities through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), to develop as leaders, and to pursue higher education.

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Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools

The Northwestern Academy is a three-year college access and enrichment program, fully funded by Northwestern University, in partnership with CPS, and is free-of-charge to students.

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One Summer Chicago

Connecting Youth to a Successful Future with a Summer Job in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
are proud to support One Summer Chicago.

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