Creating Pathways and Access for Student Success Foundation™

We aim to increase underrepresented Illinois students in major healthcare and related STEMM professions by providing the strongest educational foundation and access to resources.

Our Programs

Our hands-on programs focus on STEMM and STEAM education for middle school, high school and college-level students. Our leaders introduce growth goals, provide consistent guidance towards a degree and create pathways for workforce development. Our customized database can quickly filter your or a student’s search for STEMM and STEAM programs, courses, workforce development and activities throughout Illinois.

CPASS Mini-Medical Schools

Fourth and fifth grade students perform cool experiments and learn about the body and its systems in Rush Mini-Medical School.

STEMM Scholars Academy

The STEMM Scholars Academy offers a free 5-week STEMM program for high school students, providing academic and holistic development, networking with professionals, and college prep resources.

Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program™ (CAHMCP)

CAHMCP (“Champs”) gives underrepresented high school and college students the knowledge and support they need to pursue medical careers.

Use our search tool to find STEMM programs near you in the areas that you’re interested in.

STEMM Education

STEMM is important in every area of our lives. With a STEMM education, students can be part of the next generation of innovators.

Study Tips for STEMM Students [Guide]

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What Our Alumni Say

Professionals who were launched on their future careers by our programs talk about STEMM, their education, and the opportunities they received.

Eric Whitaker, MD, MPH

Chair, CPASS Foundation

“Until CAHMCP, I was not supported in my dream of becoming a doctor. It was an eye-opening experience to be with students of color who all valued education.”

Laura Lucero, MD

Family Practice/Chief Medical Officer, Beloved Community Family Wellness Center

“I’ve never studied so hard, tried so hard. I was in that anatomy course all day long. I finally got into medical school a year later.”

Mildred M. G. Olivier, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learning Environment, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“CAHMCP gave me a group of friends I studied with in medical school, and we tried to be the best that we could be.”

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The Blog

Welcome Tracie Screven as Associate Director for the CPASS Foundation

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Illinois’s Future Depends on STEMM Careers That Include Everyone

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Robotics Is Surging in Chicagoland

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