May 192015
Oscar Corral is preparing for a career in nursing, beginning with the Medical Assistant program at Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center.

Oscar Corral is preparing for a career in nursing, beginning with the Medical Assistant program at Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center.

Oscar Corral spent the last 27 years working in the manufacturing field. When he noticed job opportunities in the medical field were growing, he decided to make a change. He transitioned from working full-time to being a full-time student at Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC). Corral is currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.

Corral credits his children – also students at Wright – with helping him as he pursues his education in today’s technology-driven world.

“It was extremely hard because I graduated from high school 27 years ago,” Corral said. “When I went to school everything was in books – now everything is emails and computers. I was going to college here with both my daughter and my son, so when I had problems, I would go to them for help.”

Corral’s daughter, Gabriela, is currently enrolled at Wright College, where she is preparing to enter City Colleges’ nursing program. His son, Oscar Corral, Jr., graduated in May 2014 with an associate degree in accounting.

Corral also credits Medical Assistant Coordinator Christine Dzoga and nursing program instructors Beverly Bohus, Hilary Lee, and Donna Rice for inspiring him throughout his time in the program.

“All of the teachers are very knowledgeable and easy to approach. What I like most about the program is that you learn a lot in the labs and you get to be hands-on,” Corral said.

Corral recently won a scholarship from the Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 (CCCTU). Wright College is one of the colleges CCCTU Local 1600 represents.

“I was happy when I got [the scholarship] because every little bit helps, and this will help pay for my summer class that I have to take,” Corral said.

After completing the requirements for the Medical Assistant certification, Corral plans to pursue an associate degree in nursing. “You can make a difference in someone’s life being a nurse,” he said.

Corral encourages other students – especially those returning to school later in life – to stay determined and accomplish their goals.

The Advanced Certificate program for Medical Assistant prepares students to become multi-skilled care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures in a doctor’s office and other medical settings. For more information, contact Christine Dzoga, Medical Assistant Coordinator, Or, visit The Medical Assistant Advanced Certificate is one of the credentials available through City Colleges’ College to Careers program in Healthcare.

Contributor: Aasha Gholar, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center

May 132015
Jelena Zunic was one of five Wright students selected to work at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine event in Chicago.

Jelena Zunic was one of five Wright students selected to work at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine event in Chicago by the Cisco Networking Academy.

Five students from Wright College, along with two Wright faculty members, have been selected by the Cisco Networking Academy to perform information technology (IT) work at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago (May 11 – 14). Cisco is an IT partner in City Colleges’ College to Careers initiative.

Participating Wright students are: Andre Adriano, LokSum Lo, David Reyes, Danielle Riesche and Jelena Zunic. Faculty members Timothy Jansen and Lambros Piskopos are accompanying and working with the students.

As part of their work, the students are assisting NBA IT staff with deploying Cisco access points and switches, providing first level on-site troubleshooting assistance, and dismantling equipment at the end of events, among other responsibilities.

“Working at the NBA Draft Combine is a valuable opportunity for our students to gain hands-on IT experience in a unique, exciting venue,” said Bonnie Kang, Dean of Wright’s College to Careers program in Information Technology. “These types of real-world experiences are representative of the ways City Colleges is working with partners like Cisco to prepare students to work in high-demand, fast-growing industries like IT.”

May 062015
Bonnie Kang (left), Wright College's Dean of College to Careers and Lupe Martinez, Career Pathways Director for Instituto del Progreso Latino, share plans for the Bridge to Information Technology (IT) program during the March 2015 Community Collaborators meeting at HPVEC.

Bonnie Kang (left), Wright College’s Dean of College to Careers, and Lupe Martinez, Career Pathways Director for Instituto del Progreso Latino, share plans for the Bridge to Information Technology (IT) program during the March 2015 Community Collaborators meeting at HPVEC.

In Fall 2014, the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center’s (HPVEC’s) Community Advisory Council expanded into a Regional Community Collaborators Group, broadening the local community partnership base.

This group meets quarterly with Wright College faculty, staff and administrators to discuss strategic initiations and share ideas and feedback. The next meeting is scheduled for June 2015.

The March 2015 meeting focused on HPVEC improvements, College to Careers initiatives, and summer and fall 2015 courses, including developments in information technology, manufacturing, adult education and high school programs.

The full presentation is available here.

Apr 292015
Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves (center) congratulates 2015 salutatorian Triet Phan (left) and valedictorian Eric Lund at the 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony. More than 90 students were recognized for their achievements at the annual event.

Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves (center) congratulates 2015 salutatorian Triet Phan (left) and valedictorian Eric Lund at the 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony. More than 90 students were recognized for their achievements at the annual event.

Congratulations to the honorees at Wright College’s 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony:

Valedictorian: Eric Lund

Salutatorian: Triet Phan


President’s Award (GPA of 4.0)

Salwa Azmi

Lavinia Baldi

Maryjane Bunzol

Lester Burgos

Chezann Chambers

Kremena Dokliev

Christina Elahee

Ana Garcia

Marcel Gonzalez

James Hajicek

Joshua Hernandez

Davud Kafka

John Eric Latoja

Eric Lund

Charmagne Maurice Mercado

Alina Murashko

Glen Nool

Denitsa Penusheva

Triet Phan

Vicente Salgado

Amanda Uczen

Mayra Velazquez

Mae Janine Viado


Dean’s Award (GPA of 3.8-3.95)

Nadia Abdul

Millicent Arocha

Stephanie Batisita

Sarah Black

Victoria Buruiana

Anita Castro

Jessica Cuevas

Khanh-chi Dang

Yesenia De Jesus

Michelle Esquivel

Jessica Frederick

Russell Glenn

Iwona Guczal

Mary Hernander

Randle Jeffries

Marcela Kimak

Olesia Korkulevska

Katarzyna Kwaterkiewicz

Nicole Kornafel

Trudy Leong

Jasmine Luckett

Jason Mazariegos

Thomas McMullin

Victoria Mrowka

Linh Nguyen

Christopher Orlando

Melanie Perez

Alicia Ruiz

Alexa Santos

Kimberly Schiewitz

Ying Shi

Paul Shin

Jana Skovranova

Monika Solarz

Diana Solis

Galina Sonseadec

Jaclyn Spataro

Milka Stanojevich

Hinh Trinh

Joseph Tripoli

Maureen Valentine

Jessica Vazquez

Esther Vega

Kamil Wiechowski

Sabina Wypych

Elizabeth Zagorski

Giovana Zavaglia


Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics: Kremena Dokliev

Academic Excellence in Architectural Studies: Fernando Ramirez

Award of Academic Excellence in Library Science: Susie Nord

All American PTK: Trudy Leong

Ambassador and Advocate for All Students with Disabilities: Tim Granzow


Outstanding Academic Achievement in Library Science

Vanessa Esparza

Yaritza Marroquin

Marcia Nickeas

Daniel Witvoet


Service as a Peer Mentor

Erika Espinosa

Brad Henning

Trudy Leong

Kim Londono

Cordell Longstreath

David Ortiz

Christian Salgado


Service as a Student Ambassador

Geneva Alicea

Christopher Stevens

Anna Szczech


Howard Wilcox Award

Lilah Mia Alkaissi

Jesus Lark

Trudy Leong

Mae Janine Viado

Henry Yepez


Service Learning Award

Starsky Espino

Leonela Valenzuela

Apr 222015
Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves welcomes students, faculty and staff to the annual tree planting during Wright's 2015 Earth Day celebration.

Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves welcomes students, faculty and staff to the annual tree planting during Wright’s 2015 Earth Day celebration.

Visit this post for more images of Earth Day 2015!

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in Wright College’s 15th Annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2015.  Vice President Nicole Reaves kicked off the celebration in the morning, highlighting Wright’s sustainability initiatives and welcoming those who gathered to help plant three new trees. The newly planted Dogwood, Blue Beech and Chinkapin Oak are now part of Wright’s tree-friendly campus, which features close to 600 trees and 40 different species!

Following the tree planting, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members visited more than 21 exhibits in Campus Center, which addressed such environmental topics as energy efficiency, fair trade, GMOs, shark finning, fracking, water conservation and more. Visitors included 23 special needs students and their mentors from Vaughn High School.

Organizers also collected more than 20 books for the Open Books Book Drive, along with more than 100 pounds of waste for recycling. The collection effort for books and recycling will continue through the end of the semester (drop off in Science Building lobby).

Kyla Newsome (right), president of Wright's Student Environmental Club and a 2015 grad, talks to student Diana Desantiago about Earth Day activities.

Kyla Newsome (right), president of Wright’s Student Environmental Club and a 2015 grad, talks to student Diana Desantiago about Earth Day activities.

Congratulations to Wright’s Student Environmental Club – including officers Kyla Newsome (president), Libby Zagorski (vice president) and Samantha Miller (secretary) – along with the Student Government Association, American Chemical Society Student Club, Student Engineering Club, Student Architecture Club, and all of the student volunteers, faculty and staff members who contributed to and supported this outstanding event.

Apr 222015
Wright College students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate Earth Day 2015 - and for being named a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation (fifth year in a row!).

Wright College students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate Earth Day 2015 – and Wright’s award as a “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation (fifth year in a row!). Congrats, Mila Simeonovska and everyone who works to earn this distinction for Wright’s tree-friendly campus!

In recognition of Earth Day, we’re celebrating some of the many ways Wright College works to support a sustainable environment on campus and promote environmental education all year long.

Did you know?? …

  • Wright College offers a variety of environmental education programs, including an AAS Degree and Basic Certificate in Environmental Technology, a Building Energy Technologies certificate program and Urban Agro-ecology classes.
  • Wright College has been awarded the distinction of “Tree Campus USA” for the past five years by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Wright’s campus features 589 trees, with 40 species represented, including the Chinkapin Oak and Blue Beech, planted on Earth Day 2015!
  • Wright’s Student Environmental Club has been hosting Earth Day events for the past 15 years!
  • Wright College hosted a fueling stop during the June 2014 statewide Electric Vehicle Road Trip.
  • Wright’s sustainability initiatives were featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Chicagoland Buildings and Environments magazine.
  • Wright College also features:
    • A free electric vehicle charging station
    • A photovoltaic array (solar panels) on the parking garage
    • An apiary (beehives) that produces honey
    • A green roof and solar water heating system on the roof of the Science Building
    • 7 “Hydration Stations” throughout campus to discourage plastic water bottle waste (more than 200,000 bottles saved)
    • A community garden.

For more information about Wright’s environmental education programs or initiatives, please contact Dave Inman, Director of the Environmental Technology program.

Apr 212015

Event.Job Fair April 2014Wright College’s 21st Annual Spring Job Fair and Career Day will take place Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Events Building Atrium, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Wright College Career Planning and Placement Center, is expected to draw 80 participating employers this year.

Students and all members of the Wright College community – along with the general pubic – are invited to meet and network with representatives of these employers. Participants are asked to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes – along with a positive attitude!

Please contact the Wright College Career Planning and Placement Center for more information: 773.481.8527.

2015 Spring Job Fair and Career Day Participating Organizations (as of April 20, 2015):

  1. A-Abiding Care
  2. ADT Security Systems
  3. AdvaCare Systems, Inc.
  4. Air Serv Corporation
  5. Alden Estates of Evanston
  6. Alden Estates of Northmoor
  7. American Library Association
  8. Anderson Pest Solutions
  9. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  10. AppleOne Employment Services
  11. Arete Event
  12. Aryzta, LLC
  13. Asics
  14. Boy Scouts of America
  15. Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  16. BrightStar Care
  17. Brookstone
  18. Building Blocks Learning Academy
  19. CCC-College to Careers
  20. CCC-Recruiting
  21. Center Home
  22. Central Management Services-Diversity Enrichment Program (State of Illinois)
  23. Chase Professionals
  24. Chicago Carriage Cab & Royal CCC
  25. Chicago Transit Authority
  26. Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
  27. CINTAS
  28. City of Chicago
  29. CJE SeniorLife
  30. The Clare
  31. College Nannies and Tutors
  32. Column Technical Services
  33. Crawford Broadcasting
  34. DbHMS
  35. DTOP Mega Media
  36. Eli’s Cheesecake
  37. Express Employment Professionals
  38. Farmer’s Insurance
  39. Firman Community Services
  40. GameStop Inc.
  41. Gate Safe, Inc.
  42. Glendale Heights Police Dept.
  43. Grand Prairie Services
  44. Greater West Town Training Partnership
  45. Home Instead Senior Care
  46. Homewatch Caregivers Northshore
  47. Howard Area Community Center
  48. Hudson Group
  49. IL Action for Children
  50. Illinois Department of Human Services
  51. Illinois Department of Transportation
  52. Illinois State Police
  53. Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  54. Instituto del Progreso Latino
  55. International Language Services
  56. Labor Ready
  57. LaborTemps
  58. LAZ Parking
  59. LegalShield
  60. LifeStyle Options, Inc.
  61. Mary Kay
  62. Maxim Healthcare Services
  63. Menards
  64. Mendez McDonald’s
  65. Monterrey Security
  66. NORC at the University of Chicago
  67. Norwood Crossing
  68. P&K Research
  69. PNC Bank
  70. Precision Research
  71. Primerica
  72. State Farm Insurance
  73. TCF Bank
  74. Thresholds
  75. Tri City Foods/Burger King
  76. UPS (United Parcel Services)
  77. The UPS Store
  78. Van RU Credit Corporation
  79. Weiss Hospital
  80. Welch Packaging Inc.
  81. Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion
  82. YMCA of Metro Chicago
Apr 212015

Earth Day Logo 2015Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day, and Wright’s Student Environmental Club  will be hosting its 15th annual Earth Day extravaganza. Come celebrate Wright’s status as one of the greenest community colleges in Illinois! (Here are some images from last year’s event!)

(Note that April 20 – 24 is also Bike-to-Campus Week. Please pick up a flyer regarding citywide events at the Security Desk!)

9:30 am: This year’s annual Tree Planting, commemorating our Tree Campus USA designation (fifth year in a row!), will take place at 9:30 a.m., just to the east of the Learning Resources Center (near Narragansett Ave.).   Three trees – a Dogwood, Blue Beech, and Chinkapin Oak – will be planted this year. Each are flowering species and provide a food source to many species of birds. Join us if you are interested in volunteering or participating in the festivities!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Earth Day Displays and Presentations (in and around Campus Center).

Giveaways – provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Student Government Association include:

  • Water bottles
  • Tote bags
  • Pens/pencils/note pads
  • Bird feeders (if you help build them!)
  • Basil plants (courtesy of the Environmental Biology and Urban Ag classes), and more!

Raffle – signing your participation card enters you in a raffle for bicycle goodies (locks, lights, pumps, carriers, etc.) provided by City Colleges of Chicago, and gift cards to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market from the Environmental Club.

Recycling –  You will be able to recycle books and computer-related e-waste (through Wright’s partner PCRR,  a certified recycler and refurbisher of equipment), in the Science Building Lobby:

Items Accepted

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Printers/Scanners
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Fax Machines
  • Copiers
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • DVD Players
  • MP3 Players
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Cell Phones

 Items Not Accepted

  • Appliances
  • Salon Equipment
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Typewriters
  • Auto Stereo Systems

There will also be a Book Drive receptacle, with your book donations going to Open Books to help support literacy in Chicago.

Demonstrations and Displays –  Environmentally themed displays on GMOs,  shark-finning and illegal whaling, animal rights, organic gardening, climate change,  palm oil, renewable energy, fracking, and many other sustainability topics, presented by Wright students (including the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, Architecture, Business, Engineering, and other clubs).

Finally, to wrap up the Earth Week celebration at Wright, on Thursday, April 30, honored guest and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana T. Spyropoulos will present a lecture on water and wastewater issues in the Chicagoland area. This event will be held in S-247 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and is open to all.

Happy Earth Day!


Please direct questions to Environmental Tech Programs Director David R. Inman, .

Mar 242015
Staff.IT.Anthony Gamboa

Anthony Gamboa, Wright College’s IT Director

Anthony Gamboa recently joined Wright College as Director of Information Technology (IT). In this role, he is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and managing computer systems and operations, as well as supporting the overall technology needs of the college. Anthony most recently served as IT Manager at Truman College.

Anthony has been interested in computers and programming since he was 12 years old. He studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. At the same time, he held a part-time job at the Technology Learning Center at Truman College.

As Wright is the Information Technology hub for City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers (C2C) initiative, Anthony looks forward to collaborating with C2C faculty, staff and students, supporting their technology needs, and providing a better learning environment and experience.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Anthony currently lives in Jefferson Park. He enjoys spending time with family and traveling. He is also an avid player and fan of soccer, the sport he grew up with. “I play on the weekends to keep the rhythm and stay in shape,” he says. To keep his programming skills sharp, Anthony spends time creating Windows and mobile applications.

Anthony’s favorite aspect of working in IT is delivering useful services to his “customers”: Wright’s students, faculty and staff. “I love helping people and connecting technology to their needs,” Anthony says.

Anthony Gamboa can be reached at 773.481.8752 or

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