In celebration of Black History Month, several media outlets have featured our acclaimed College Preparation & Placement program and honored its founder, the legendary Silas Purnell. Mr. Purnell founded our program in 1966, opening a critical door of opportunity for African American students to receive a post-secondary education. The program has placed more than 75,000 high school students in over 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States, many of whom have been first-generation students.
Recent News Stories:

56 Years Later, Program Founded on South Side to Help Students Attend College Still Going Strong
February 26, 2022
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Silas Purnell-The Legacy Continues
February 22, 2022
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Midday Fix (Live Interview): Learn more about the College Preparation and Placement Program at Ada S. McKinley Community Services
February 7, 2022
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