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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 announce our course line-up for summer 2018:

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.
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 am to 12 pm.

Admission to the program is based on demonstrated academic achievement, counselor or teacher recommendation, and students' personal essays. Applications for summer 2018 will be available here in January 2018.

For more information about College Connect, contact Kate Agarwal,  kagarwa1@depaul.edu  or (773) 325-8375.