We established the CPASS Foundation because we want students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM professions to know that STEM training is the pathway to a bright future. It’s never too early to start learning about the exciting new wave of jobs in STEM-based fields. Our goal is to open this pathway to underrepresented middle school, high school, and college students in Illinois.

Offering Exposure & Opportunities

We offer exposure to STEM careers in medicine and other health-related fields that many students never knew existed. We partner with universities, medical schools, and other organizations to provide rewarding enrichment opportunities that strengthen academic skills. It’s easy to find after-school, weekend, or summer programs for every student. You can search for programs in your neighborhood that offer the most educational value for your student.

“CPASS” stands for “Creating Pathways and Access for Student Success.” CPASS Foundation was established in 2018 in Chicago by Dr. Eric Whitaker, an expert in the health issues of African-American communities, and CAHMCP alumni. The foundation is an outgrowth of the longstanding Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP), known as “Champs.”

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