Welcome to the College & Career Resource Center!

The College & Career Resource Center (CCRC) is ready to help you explore and prepare for college, career, vocational, and military opportunities. Open daily from 7:45 to 3:45, students are welcome to visit before or after school, during a study hall, or lunch. All students must scan their IDs when entering the CCRC. We look forward to working with you!

Resources & services include:

  • Individual appointments with the College & Career Counselor.
  • Programs for students and their families including the annual College Fair, Understanding Financial Aid Nights, Understanding the Next Steps, and more.
  • Assistance completing applications, sending transcripts, and test scores.
  • Access to MaiaLearning, a comprehensive website to assist students individually with college & career preparation, career planning, and self-exploration.
  • Reference materials including material about specific colleges and top-rated books, including the Fiske Guide to Colleges, College Admissions Data Sourcebooks (by region), and Colleges that Changes Lives.
  • Workshops for essays, applications, and financial aid.
  • Free full-day bus trip to visit local colleges.
  • Ask the Expert Day, when professionals speak with students during their regularly scheduled class time, a Career Exploration Day (formerly Job Shadow Day), and a Career Fair.
  • More than 200 college representative visits throughout the school year.

College Rep Visits
If you would like to attend a college rep visit and have a class, you will need a signed orange teacher permission pass - passes are available in the CCRC in Room 1120. Teacher permission should be obtained at least one day in advance of the visit. For an updated list of visiting colleges, please visit MAIAlearning.


Daniel Gin
College and Career Counselor
(847) 626-2682
[email protected]


BA in Education, Taylor University
MA in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services, DePaul University
"Counselors That Change Lives" Award 2011

National Honor Society (NHS), Sponsor
Japanese Anime Club, Sponsor

Jerry Pope
Dean of College Counseling
(847) 626-3947
[email protected]


BA in Political Science, Illinois Wesleyan University
MA in Counseling and Guidance, Lewis University
MA in Educational Leadership, Concordia University of Chicago

Trustee, The College Board
Former Director, National Association of College Admission Counseling
Former Director, Illinois College Access Network

Varsity Niles West Ping Pong Team, Coach
Niles West Ping Pong Club, Sponsor