College Jump Start, Chicago, August 5, 2013

President Robert Easter welcomed seniors from the Chicago Public Schools to the 2013 College Jump Start program on the UIC campus. The four-day program, now in its second year, explored the benefits of college during presentations and hands-on workshops on topics such as picking the right college and insights on applying for admission and financial aid.

This year, 54 students who will be seniors in Chicago Public Schools were selected to participate by Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC) advisors based on their leadership and potential. Because of their Jump Start training, the seniors will become peer ambassadors in their schools this year, assisting ICAC advisors and helping encourage fellow students to attend college.

The program is sponsored by ICAC, a program created in 2008 that seeks to increase college attendance and completion by Illinois students, particularly those who are low-income, first-generation or from underserved groups. UIC co-sponsored and served as the host site for the information and training session.

ICAC’s “near-peer” advisors are now in 22 schools across Illinois, hoping to inspire students to attend college and assist them in the process.

In the 2012-13 academic year, advisors met one-on-one with 4,107 seniors, and 64 percent submitted at least one college application.

ICAC College Jump Start participants included Chubshaun Chester of Crane Tech High School (above, left); Breanna Smith, Crane Tech High School (l-r, below); Erika Gonzalez of George Washington High School; and Tyrone Kincaid of Douglass High School.


Breanna Smith, Crane Tech HS, Chicago   Tyrone Kincaid, Douglass HS