2019 College Changes Everything Conference

July 18, 2019
Registration for the conference
will open in May

CCE 2019: Expanding Success for All Students – Every Community’s Responsibility

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the ninth annual College Changes Everything® (CCE) Conference – the state’s preeminent annual college access and success and career readiness event. This one day conference focuses on effective practices and showcase programs and services available to help with increasing college access and college completion for students in support of the state’s Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. For our state to reach this goal, stakeholders that make up all aspects of any student’s community must work together to support and provide students with the knowledge and opportunities to be successful along the transitions from education to employment.

Celebrate ISACorps 10th Anniversary

At the conference we will recognize the tenth anniversary of the Illinois Student Assistance Corps, or ISACorps, our statewide outreach and near-peer mentoring program.  As we all know, simply making financial or informational resources available is not enough to truly provide opportunity for our underrepresented students. For the past decade the ISACorps has been helping students from families without college-going experience by providing additional support to navigate the complex process of planning and preparing for postsecondary success. The ISACorps is the largest statewide near-peer mentoring program in the country, annually serving more than 150,000 students and parents in every community in Illinois.  ISACorps members are recruited as they graduate from college and make a two-year service commitment to the state.  These talented college graduates are as diverse as Illinois and spend their days (and nights, and weekends) helping families understand the education-to-career pipeline and complete the admission and financial aid processes. ISAC is currently recruiting for the 2019-20 ISACorps, with a start date of June 2019. For your reference, a copy of the ISACorps job description can be found online at the ISAC Career Center.

The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

Questions about the conference can be directed to isac.collegechangeseverything@illinois.gov.

2019 College Changes Everything® Conference Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything Conference® is sponsored
by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025