Options for College Success was founded in 2009 by two mothers with a mission of supporting post- secondary students with learning challenges to be successful in college. After working in the education field, both realized there were many students with learning challenges that were not receiving the support needed within the school system and decided they needed to intervene and help those students. Over the years the mission developed into the more comprehensive program it is today, including finance skill building, independent living skills, social skills, vocational support, and providing social event opportunities. These women had a vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition.
As both of our founder’s have now retired, we wanted to highlight these incredible individuals that created this strong community, the Options for College Success family.
Christine Anderson worked in the education field for over 40 years. She began in an inner-city school in Savannah, Georgia. She then transferred to the Savannah Association for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities. After raising her family in the Chicago area, Christine returned to the workforce, first as a director for an alternative high school and then as a director for a national program for young adults with learning challenges. The drive to advocate and support this population has been a passion of Christine’s. Christine stepped down from her role as Executive Director in January of 2018. She continues her dedication to the community, co-creating and launching an app, Glimmer (www.glimmerconnect.com), with her son.
Shoshana Axler, born and raised in Chicago, was a classroom teacher as well as a mentor for many years in the Chicago area. She earned a master’s degree from Rhode Island College in education. Her commitment to the success of young adults creates an ongoing connection with all students and families she has served. Shoshana spent several years fundraising for cancer research and then returned to the field of education. Shoshana is the mother of 3 grown children and many grandchildren. Shoshana retired this last week and will be moving to be with her family in Israel. Shoshana’s generosity, dedication to community, and enthusiasm is profound, and it runs deep within the foundation of our organization.
We are forever grateful to our founders! We will always continue the mission set forth by these brilliant women! The Options for College Success family wishes Christine and Shoshana joy and happiness as they embark on their new journey!