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College Connect Summer Program

DePaul College Connect summer enrichment programCollege Connect is a summer enrichment program for Chicago high school students. Designed for rising high school seniors and juniors, the program introduces students to college-level coursework, while also providing college readiness workshops, career exploration opportunities and diverse cultural experiences. College Connect tuition, books and course materials are FREE to admitted students, and we will provide CTA Ventra cards for commuting to DePaul.

Summer 2018 

We are excited to have six courses available for summer 2018. Once students are admitted to the program, they will be able to choose one class from the options listed below:

CC201801 - Art and Literature of the Marginalized: Chicago Focus

​Subject: English literature

This course will focus on the ways in which marginalized groups and individuals use literature and art to express their identity and struggles and to have a voice and elicit change in society. Among other works, we will focus particularly on African-American and Latino-American literature with a focus on Chicago writers. Readings will also include non-fiction work dealing with rights of workers and the poor. Field trips will be to historic and contemporary locations of struggle and change in Chicago, as well as museums potentially including the Willie Dixon Blues Foundation, the Chicago History Museum, the Pilsen neighborhood, the DuSable Museum, and the Haymarket Riots memorial - places which exhibit and celebrate art and literature of the marginalized.

CC201802 - Cybersecurity in Action

Subject: Computer science

​An experiential learning class where students will apply the classroom knowledge to solve practical cybersecurity problems in systems, software, networks, and web applications. Through practical laboratory exercises, students will experience the elements and issues with cybersecurity of popular systems in action, letting them acquire a hands-on experience. For the final project, students will work to solve a real-world cybersecurity problem with the goal of creating more secure systems and thorough understanding emerging threats.

CC201803 - Social Justice and Social Change: Youth-led Activism

Subject: Social justice

In this course, students will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to engage with and more fully understand the ways small groups of youth activists have historically acted on behalf of the common good, both locally and globally.  Students will build a framework to critically analyze relevant case studies of youth-led social movements, including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the Otpor! movement in Serbia, and movements for immigrant and racial justice. A handful of practical skills necessary for budding activists will be explored. Students will gain hands-on experience completing a project that embodies activist involvement, outlining a campaign that would transform a social issue impacting youth in Chicago.

CC201804 - Introduction to WordPress and Web Development

Subject: Web development

This course, through laboratory work, lectures, and hands-on group projects, will introduce students to website design using WordPress. Students will learn fundamental principles of how WordPress and other Content Management Systems (CMSs) work, how to manage unstructured digital media, how to simplify publication of Web content, and locate and link content at any level of an organization. Discussions will focus on website design and development tasks, key users, their roles and responsibilities, collaborative workflow, and versioning. Students will become familiar with WordPress CMSs and implement a system using WordPress open source software and Cloud9 development environment.

CC201805 - Sankofa: Political History of Black Chicago

Subject: Political science / law

The word Sankofa, from the Twi language of Ghana, is the foundation of self actualization which can be seen as the most basic form of political interest. This course will examine the Black Chicago political experience with a goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the reasons why the Black community may hold particular political viewpoints and how they developed over time. We will explore the origins of the American political system, the evolution of American Civil Rights movement, and how the Reconstruction Era gave rise to the “The Great Black Migration” from the South and paved the way for the emerging Black Chicago political perspectives.

CC201806 - Art as an Agent for Change

​Subject: Art and Activism

Art has always been a tool used by people to confront injustice and propagate social change. This course will explore the ways in which both artists and non-artists use visual representation to reveal issues and engage people in political and social discourse. We will explore how image has been used in advertisement, billboards, the internet, and media outlets to sustain injustices and inequalities. Conversely, we will consider how artists incorporate modes of activism to question, protest, and engage those systems. Students will learn essential techniques in drawing, painting, and print-making to be able to recognize how they are commonly used and to create their own messaging. By coupling these techniques with writing and a critical examination of social ills students are guided to creative solutions. We will focus on portraiture and storytelling as two especially influential methods.  When combined, they convey powerful individual expressions that respond to the social and political landscape.
College Connect students in the summer 2017
College Connect 2018 will run from July 2 through August 3. Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays (no classes on Friday), from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Admission to the program is based on demonstrated academic achievement, counselor or teacher recommendation, and students' personal essays. Applications are OPEN NOW and interested students must submit the following:

Click here to apply to the 2018 College Connect program

  • completed online application;
  • a short essay (500 words or less);
  • a copy of your high school transcript;
  • recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor.

All materials must be received by March 31, 2018. Admission decisions will be made in April.

For more information about College Connect, contact Kate Agarwal,  or (773) 325-8375.