UNI Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE)

The University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE) fully embraces the concept of continuing and part-time education.

  • Continuing Education Classes are offered at the UNI-CUE weekly; Monday through Thursday, during the academic year, providing easy access to university credit courses. Continuing Education courses continue to be expanded and offered during the fall and spring semesters at a time convenient for most nontraditional students.
  • The UNI-CUE Leadership Academy is a four-week summer program that helps 5th grade students transition to middle school. The Academy is designed to hone the skills of potential young leaders. Students participate in a range of classes, which include reading, writing, math and art. Students must be nominated by their 5th grade teachers as having great potential for leadership and academic achievement.
  • The UNI-CUE Tutoring Center provides free tutoring services during the academic year to Black Hawk County students in grades K-12. Tutors are upper-level undergraduate students from UNI, and community voluteers, who work one-on-one with students to improve reading, English, composition, social sciences, math, and other skills as requested. The UNI-CUE Tutoring Center is specifically designed to provide skill development over the course of several weeks during a semester. Students must register for tutoring each semester.
  • UNI-CUE ACT Prep Sessions provides tutoring services to high school juniors and seniors preparing to take or retake the ACT. These prep sessions are free to juniors and seniors from any high school in Black Hawk County. Students may enroll in more than one subject and may repeat the sessions until they feel comfortable with taking the ACT.
    • UNI-CUE TRiO PROGRAMS:  The UNI-CUE supports a number of programs to assist area residents and university students with pursuing and continuing their educational goals, and prepare for careers.  UNI-CUE houses federally-funded TRiO programs - the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, and the Classic Upward Bound (CUB) program. The following section includes a brief description of each program's mission and the link to its program web site. 

    For additional information on UNI-CUE programs, please click on the corresponding link below, or call 319-273-4772.

    Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)


    The Educational Opportunity Center is an academic counseling program, which promotes post-secondary education in communities with large populations of low-income, first-generation adults who are often unaware of educational and career opportunities. Professional career and educational counselors assist eligible adults with selecting a post-secondary institution or training program. Counselors assist clients with the completion of admissions and financial aid applications, scholarship searches, and defaulted student loans, as well as provide academic development workshops and academic advising. All services are free to eligible participants who are age 19 or older and do not have a 4-year degree.

    Educational Talent Search (ETS)


    The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program helps students prepare for a college education. All students who attend one of the Waterloo Community School District's public middle or high schools, high school graduates (who are currently not taking college courses), and high school dropouts living in Black Hawk County are eligible to apply. Services include: study skills workshops, completion of admisions applications/waiver of application fees, ACT/SAT registration/workshops/fee waivers, financial aid assistance, college tours, career interests surveys/exploration/job shadowing, GED information, tutoring, assistace for high school/college dropouts with re-enrollment into school, and assistance with scholarship information and searches.

    Classic Upward Bound (CUB)


    The primary goal of the Classic Upward Bound (CUB) program is to generate in 81 program participants, the necessary skills and motivation needed to complete high school and enroll and graudate from a postsecondary institution within six years. CUB achieves this goal by operating within two components - the academic year and a summer residential component.

    The focus of the academic year is tutorial assistance, academic and career counseling services, advising, developing Individual Education Plans (IEP), test preparation workshops, college admission process, and parent engaement.

    The summer component provides a six-week residential program in which scholars enroll in college courses for academic credit. Both program components offer college tours, extracurricular programming, and cultural enrichment activities.