The CPASS (CREATING PATHWAYS AND ACCESS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS™) Foundation was created to attract, encourage, educate, guide and increase the number of promising, yet underrepresented Illinois students in STEM and STEAM-related professions. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the ‘A’ in STEAM adds the Arts to the mix. We are committed to providing a strong educational foundation and exclusive access to career development resources for students.  We help to connect them throughout Illinois with learning opportunities, focused, hands-on activities and career development resources for STEM and STEAM programs. Our goal is to guide students to their full potential in evolving, well-paying industries such as robotics, coding, AI (Artificial Intelligence), gaming, programming, mobile apps, web design, the arts, health care, bioengineering, virtual reality and beyond.


A STEM education is your pathway to a career in exciting technology-based fields. We offer exposure to STEM careers in medicine and other fields. We partner with universities, medical schools, and other organizations, providing enrichment opportunities that strengthen academic skills. Our clearinghouse lets you find your best program.

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