Center for Multicultural Access & Success

We Can Help Guide You Through College

The Center for Multicultural Access and Success primarily helps the following types of students:

  • Minority students
  • First-generation students
  • Undocumented students
  • English language learners
  • Under-prepared students
  • International students

What is a First Generation Student?

How We Can Help

We'll help you become engaged, empowered and excited about your college journey. We can help you in the following ways:

  1. One-on-one meetings with our advisors to make sure you're on the right track. Not sure how financial aid works? Confused about the transfer process? You're never alone - our advisors will be your guide and can connect you to the services you need.
  2. Participate in our workshops. Check out our events to see what programs we are offering. Get the best advice for studying, learn how to develop leadership skills and more.
  3. Accessible resources. We offer free tutoring, advocacy for undocumented students, cultural enrichment activities and much more.

Información en Español

How to Apply to JJC if You're An Undocumented Student

Upcoming Events

  • Black History Month 2023 Events

    Martin Luther King Museum Presentation
    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    U-Auditorium, Main Campus
    3 – 4:30 p.m.

    Sickle Cell Blood Drive with Black Student Union
    Monday, Jan. 30
    and Tuesday, Jan. 31
    H-Center Bridge, Main Campus
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (both days)
    Did you know that sickle cell disease, an inherited disorder of the red blood cells, is more common in African Americans in the U.S. compared to other ethnicities? It occurs in approximately 1 in 365 African Americans. 

    Second Line Parade and Black History Keynote
    Wednesday, Feb. 1
    Center Bridge, A-Building
    11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    JJC and the Center for Multicultural Access and Success are proud to celebrate Black History Month with a Second Line Parade starting in the A-Building Student Street. 

    African Bazaar
    Wednesday, Feb. 15
    C-Concourse, Main Campus
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Join the Center for Multicultural Access and Success in supporting minority-owned businesses and peruse and purchase authentic African apparel and jewelry.

    Aasha Marie Spoken Word
    Wednesday, Feb. 15
    Center Bridge, Main Campus
    Noon – 1 p.m.
    Listen to the soulful sounds of Aasha Marie, a Chicago singer, rapper and poet who creates socially conscious, Christian
    inspired music in the hopes of bringing spiritual transformation to cultures and communities that are in need.

    Black Teen Summit
    Friday, Feb. 17
    Event Center, Main Campus
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    The Black Teen Summit shows students the opportunities that are available through higher education while engaging in a dialog about today’s most intriguing educational topics.

    Celebration of Black Excellence Gala
    Friday, Feb. 24
    U-Auditorium, Main Campus
    6:30 – 10 p.m.
    Black Student Union organizations unite to celebrate Black excellence and culture while fundraising for scholarships. Join us for a festive night of networking, music, food and dancing.
    Attire: formal/semi-formal.

    DuSable Museum Field Trip
    Tuesday, Feb. 28
    10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Visit the African American History Museum in Chicago and learn about contributions of African Americans in the United States.

    For further information, contact CMAS at
    or call at (815) 280-6709.


Additional Resources

  • Getting Started

    Applying to JJC
    Become a JJC student. Our application is completely free.

    Placement Testing
    Sign up to take a placement test.

    Financial Aid
    Get information about your FAFSA.

    Student Accounts and Payments
    Check tuition rates or learn how to pay your tuition.

    Student Advising
    Meet with an advisor to discuss your course schedule.

    Learn About Web Advising

  • Current Students

    Free Tutoring
    Our Tutoring and Learning Center can provide you with free tutoring via a peer or professional tutor.

  • Center for Multicultural Access & Success: Mission and Vision Statement


    The Center for Multicultural Access and Success will provide exceptional student support services for minority, first-generation, undocumented, English language learners, under-prepared and international students. Serving as advocates, coaches and mentors the Center will engage, ignite and empower historically underserved students.  


    The Center for Multicultural Access and Success will provide transformational services, experiences, advocacy and support for historically underserved students to encourage academic success, personal growth, collegiate persistence and graduation.