DeVry University Advantage Academy high school students Nicole Cannon and Carlos Cortes, Jr. will deliver a virtual, interactive presentation to fellow students and educators from more than 30 countries as part of a global event on college access. The two students from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will speak to dozens of “youth ambassadors” from as far away as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe about their unique experience at a dual-enrollment, dual-degree high school.

Led by their principal, Carolyn Eggert, the high school seniors from DeVry University’s Chicago campus in the Avondale neighborhood are participating in the European Access Network’s inaugural World Congress on Access to Postsecondary Education in Montreal, Canada.

The first World Congress on higher education takes place from October 7-10 in Montreal to address challenges of worldwide access to postsecondary education, identify and link key stakeholders and inform political leaders on strategies to significantly improve success in higher education.

As a global provider of higher education, DeVry was invited to participate in this international discussion to share best practices and successful strategies for helping students access and complete college.

The students’ virtual presentation, titled “DeVry University Advantage Academy: Increasing College Attainment and Speed to Degree,” will focus on the Advantage Academy’s dual-enrollment, dual-degree model and the success of its graduates.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with their peers from around the globe and share their experiences about high school and preparing for college,” said Candace Goodwin, DeVry University Chicago metro president.

Established in 2004 by then-CPS CEO Arne Duncan, DeVry University Advantage Academy is a unique program that gives Chicago Public School juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still in high school at no cost to the students or their families. The high school graduation rate for the DeVry University Advantage Academy’s 2012 Chicago class was 99 percent (compared to 69 percent overall at CPS) and 84 percent of those students earned an associate degree.

DeVry and CPS created the Advantage Academy to provide more opportunities for the city’s public school students to enter careers in technology. After its success in Chicago, similar Advantage Academy programs were launched in partnership with local school districts in Columbus, Ohio, in 2006; and Decatur, Georgia in 2011.

DeVry University Advantage Academy’s Chicago program is located in DeVry’s newly opened advanced technology building at 3300 N. Campbell Ave., which is also home to DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, and Chamberlain College of Nursing. The program’s high school classes are taught by CPS educators and the college-level courses are taught by DeVry University faculty. At the conclusion of the two-year program, students earn a high school diploma as well as a college associate degree in Network Systems Administration or Web Graphic Design. Students can then either enter the workforce or enroll in a four-year bachelor’s degree program, two years ahead of their peers. For more information on the Advantage Academy, visit:

About DeVry

DeVry's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Carrington College California, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, health care, technology, accounting and finance. For more information, visit

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