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

  • Latinx Heritage Month

    Latinx Heritage Month Events

    Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, 2021

    Frida Kahlo Exhibit
    Sept. 10, Noon to 4 p.m.
    College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

    Attend this presentation about the works of artist Frida Kahlo. Featuring 26 original pieces as well as a historical exhibit, you'll learn how Kahlo became one of the most important painters of our time.

    El Grito Presentation
    Sept. 16, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    JJC Center Bridge

    Learn about the story of the fight for national independence in Mexico, a struggle that began more than 200 years ago. 

    Mexican Independence Parade
    Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
    Downtown Joliet (Pre-registration required)

    Join us at the intersection of Collins and Ward Streets to Collins and Cass Streets for the Mexican Independence Day Parade!

    Latinx Perspective Series: ¡Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana! Cuídate Hoy Para Un Mejor Mañana (¡Heal, Heal, Frogtail! Take Care Today for a Better Tomorrow)
    Sept. 23, Noon to 1 p.m.

    Join the movement for healthy change with speaker Student Wellness Advocate Jessica Contreras! In this presentation, you'll learn that small changes, such as walking, filling half your plate with fruits/vegetables or talking to someone when you feel depressed, can make a significant difference in your health. 

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    Luncheon Film Series: Bajo la Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon)
    Sept. 28, Noon to 3 p.m.

    Watch the movie, "Under the Same Moon" (2007) with us. This drama centers on a young boy's journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. 

    Latinx Perspective Series: The Political Image of Latinos in the U.S.
    Oct. 5, 1 to 2 p.m.

    Attend this event, featuring dialogues around identity in the Latino community. In this program, we will explore what it means to be Latino, the political implications of the terms, how it brings us together and/or creates division and more.

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    The Walk of the Immigrants
    Oct. 7, Noon to 1:30 p.m. 
    Virtual Event

    Learn of guest speaker Saul Flores' 5,328-mile walk across Latin America to raise awareness for immigration and education. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Compliance.

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    Día de los Muertos - A Time to Grieve & Remember Exhibition
    Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Chicago, Illinois

    Visit the Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen Chicago on this fun JJC trip! 

    Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Access & Success (CMAS), Latinos Unidos, Office of Student Activities (OSA), Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Compliance and Student Mental Health & Wellness.

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.