In 2000, the non-profit Esperanza, Inc. and Eastern University forged a partnership to address the unmet educational needs of the Hispanic community, resulting in Esperanza College (EC), a Middle States Accredited branch campus of Eastern University, offering courses for credit towards an associate’s degree. The college provides higher education opportunities in a community that experiences secondary drop-out rates of 37%.

The project includes a student support and retention model to engage, prepare and mobilize a minimum of 200 first-generation Latino students through additional support of student leaders/interns, events to increase awareness of available services, and supplemental instruction in key gateway courses.

College Academy for Parents (CAP) is a college outreach program utilizing parent advocates that lead bilingual workshops at area schools.

Proyecto Pa'Lante is an academic support services program that has historically and continues to provide services primarily to Latino students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that demonstrate academic potential, but may not meet general admission requirements.