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The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) is Northeastern Illinois University's educational outreach center to PreK-12 schools and their communities in the Chicago area.

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Upcoming Events 

NEIU Dual Enrollment

Summer 2023: 

Session 2 






Free College Classes for High School 



Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Arts and Sciences is offering a great opportunity for high school students to get

an early college experience, supported by scholarships! Experience college class rigor

at NEIU this summer as a high school student.


Dual Enrollment Overview


You’ll earn 3 credits on a NEIU transcript (and are widely transferable to many other institutions). You’ll be taking a real college course with NEIU students, supported by NEIU advisors and staff to optimize your success; and you will have access to the library and student services like any other NEIU student. You’ll connect with other motivated high school students from around the city.



Wellness Saturday:

Zumba Fiesta

Saturday, June 10, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


$5.00 General Public

(Suggested Donation)

NEIU CCAS CenterSpace and In the Vortex Fitness is inviting the Zumba and University community for its Wellness Saturday: 80s Zumba Fiesta. Dance to your favorite 80s songs. Channel the spirit of the 80s with a teased hairstyle, and sweatband. Join us for this 2 hours cardio dance party. Do not let the

2 hours scare you off, you can do as little or as much as you like.


Zumba class led by Gustavo Aguilar and Jevan Samuels from In the Vortex Fitness.


The event is free to all NEIU University students, faculty, staff and In the Vortex Fitness membership holders.




Summer of Making

Workshop Series






Due to popular demand, we are bringing our CenterSpace Summer of Making workshop series back. We are so pleased to share this preliminary schedule with you! More workshops will be added in the coming


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Make and Take:

3 Little Pigs Planters Workshop

Wednesday, May 31, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


$15.00 per person                                      

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to paint their own ceramic cochinito planting pot to take home. This project will be completed in one session. All materials will be provided. This project is part of Crafty Chica’s ceramic collection. Crafty Chica was inspired by her travels, memories, culture, friendships, and so much more when creating this wonderful ceramic line.

  • 3 ceramic planters per person - 3 3/4" L x 2 1/2" W x 2 1/2" H

  • 1 Air Plan per person provided

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Make and Take:

I Am Loved Flaming Heart Pillow Cover & Affirmation Box

Wednesday, June 7, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


$15.00 per person                                      


The flaming heart is one of the most common motifs in religious folk art created in Mexico. The Flaming Heart symbol can be found in Catholic churches and homes across the world. It can be represented as a picture, statue, art in stained glass or any other depictions.


In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to paint their own flaming heart pillow cover. Participants will heat press the pre-printed design, then use fabric markers to paint the artwork.


The practice of involving decorative textile, cultural art pieces, for display in your daily living spaces is a tradition dating back to our indigenous roots.


Participants will also make an affirmation box. This box of positivity is purely made to add an aspect of positivity to your day.

  • 1 flaming heart pillow cover per person - 18” X 18”

  • 1 affirmation box per person - 4” x 6.5”


Paint and Learn:

Circle Nopal Canvas and Embroider Art

Wednesday, June 14, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


$15.00 per person                                      

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to paint their own Nopal Circle Canvas. Once the canvas has been painted, participants will add embroidery stitches to outline and create magic.


This project is inspired by Crafty Chica’s art retreat. We created this activity and I wanted

to share that experience with everyone. 


  • 1 Circle Canvas  - 8” 

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Make and Take: Pachamama Vinyl

Wall Art

Wednesday, June 28, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


$15.00 per person                                      

Participants will create a Pachamama wood panel using vinyl and paper flowers. We will

be using the Silhouette vinyl cutter to cut the custom vinyl design. We will use our Sizzix die cut die cut machines to cut the paper flowers. 


This project was inspired by an afterschool

art integration project conducted by one of our talented guest artists David Moscoso using recycled materials. The theme now became Pachamama. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous peoples of the Andes. In Inca mythology she is an "Earth Mother" type goddess, and a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes.


  • 1 Wood Panel - 12”  X 12” 

News & Announcements 

CenterSpace | Maker Space is Now Open by Appointment Only

We are now open for in-person services. Please go to our CenterSpace section to make and appointment.

NEIU CCAS Annual Report is Now Available.

We are honored to share the 2021 Annual Report with you.

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