Mar 062015

Wright College welcomes and congratulates the following faculty and staff members on their new positions and/or recent promotions!

Newest Members of the Wright College Community – Welcome!

  • Octavio Diaz – Janitor, Janitorial Services
  • Benny Erazo – Engineer/Trainee, Engineering Services
  • Anthony Gamboa – Director, Information Technology (promoted from IT Manager/Truman College)
  • Aasha Gholar – College Administrative Assistant I (Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center)
  • Aimee Harris – College Data Record Assistant, Registrar
  • Patrice Henderson – Disability Support Services Specialist, Disability Access Center
  • Eunice Heredia – College Financial Aid Advisor I, Financial Aid
  • Charlean Jones – Janitor, Janitorial Services
  • Karin Kushino – Associate Dean, College to Careers (C2C)
  • Dina Leiler – Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Westlee Quinones – Janitor, Janitorial Services
  • Camilo Rasquin – Transition Specialist (promoted from PT Specialist/Truman College)
  • Claudia Sanchez – HR Coordinator, Human Resources
  • Erica Sanchez – College Library Assistant II, Library
  • Farid Ullah – College Clerical Assistant II, Registrar
  • Krystal Williams – Janitor, Janitorial Services

Recent Promotions – Congratulations!

  • Genevieve Akers – Assistant Director, Athletics and Aquatics
  • Guadalupe Alvarez – College Library Assistant II, Library
  • Theanita Appling – College Clerical Assistant II, Office of the President
  • Alyssa Bednarz – College Data Records Assistant, Registrar
  • Maricruz Daiz-Boylan – FT Faculty Nursing, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
  • Maureen Fitzpatrick – Associate Dean of Instruction, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
  • Danielle Haas – Director, Financial Aid
  • Megan Hejna – College Administrative Assistant I, Facilities
  • Cynthia Lawrence – College Advisor, Student Services
  • Precious Lee – Janitor Group Leader, Janitorial Services
  • Sindra McMann – College Data Records Assistant, Registrar
  • Kenneth Santiago – Dean, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
  • Angela Williams – College Library Assistant III, Library
  • Miguel Zavala – Janitor Supervisor, Janitorial Services
Mar 032015
Transfer Center Director Susan Calabrese (left) and Ela Jakubczak encourage Wright College students to attend the 2015 Spring Transfer Fair!

Transfer Center director Susan Calabrese (left) and assistant Ela Jakubczak encourage Wright College students to attend the March 4 Spring Transfer Fair!

Wright’s Gateway Advising and Transfer Center has announced the participants in the March 4, 2015, Spring Transfer Fair. More than 30 four-year colleges and universities will have representatives available to meet with and answer questions from Wright College students. Participating colleges and universities include:

  • Academy of Art University
  • Argosy University
  • Columbia College
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry University
  • East West University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Illinois Tech (IIT)
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University
  • Wells College (New York)
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Resurrection University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rush University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Shimer College
  • Transferology
  • UIC – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • UIS – University of Illinois at Springfield
  • UIUC – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of St. Francis
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

The 2015 Spring Transfer Fair takes place during Transfer Week and is one of the many transfer activities available to Wright College students. Be sure to check the Transfer Center Schedule for more transfer events!


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Click here for the Wright College Schedule of Transfer Activities!

Click here for the Wright College Schedule of Transfer Activities!

Wright College’s Transfer Center has announced its March 2015 Schedule of Transfer Events, available here.

Featured events include the March 4 Spring Transfer Fair, Transfer Workshops, special advising appointments, an Illinois Tech Info Session, and visits from more than 15 four-year colleges and universities!

Please visit the Transfer Center web page for more information about making the most of transfer opportunities!

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Interested in transferring to a four-year college or university? Susan Calabrese, Wright College’s Transfer Director, has suggested 13 questions students should ask the representatives of the colleges they are considering. Students will have the chance to meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College’s Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015, as well as during the many college visits planned throughout the semester!

Top Transfer Questions to Ask College Representatives

  1. What are the transfer admission requirements?
  2. What are the application deadlines for transfer admission?
  3. Do you require standardized test scores?
  4. What majors are offered? What are the most popular majors?
  5. When do I have to declare my major?
  6. When do you notify transfer students of admissions decisions?
  7. What is the average GPA for students admitted to my major?
  8. What scholarships are available for transfer students?
  9. When is your financial aid deadline?
  10. Will my courses be taught by professors or graduate students?
  11. Is student housing guaranteed for transfer students?
  12. How successful are transfer students?
  13. What are some recent graduates doing now?
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Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College's Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015

Students can meet representatives of more than 30 four-year colleges and universities at Wright College’s Transfer Fair on March 4, 2015

Wright students looking to further their education have dozens of transfer opportunities available to them … and Transfer Week is the perfect time to explore these opportunities! Transfer Week 2015 activities include:

Spring Transfer Fair – Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Campus Center

With more than 30 four-year colleges and universities participating in the Spring Transfer Fair, students will have a valuable, one-stop opportunity to gather information and ask questions of several college representatives.

Transfer Workshop – Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:00 p.m., Room L-115

A Transfer Workshop is the perfect follow-up to the Transfer Fair! Students will get expert guidance and advice from Transfer Director Susan Calabrese. Workshops will also be offered March 19 (4:30 p.m) and March 25 (12:30 p.m.), also in Room L-115.

For more transfer activities, including college visits, workshops, and special advising opportunities, please refer to the Transfer Center Schedule.


Feb 272015
Wright College's Tayja Dean was the leading scorer in the nation for the 2014-15 season (NCJAA Division II, Region IV)

Wright College’s Tayja Dean was the leading scorer in the nation for the 2014-15 season (NCJAA Division II, Region IV)

Wright College’s Tayja Dean recently earned NJCAA All-Region IV, Division II first-team accolades after a vote by the Region’s coaches.

Dean is the NJCAA Division II national scoring leader with a 27.4 points-per-game average. Her clips of 9.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game place her first on the team charts.

A double-digit scorer in all 28 regular-season games in 2014-15, Dean eclipsed the 20-point plateau 27 times. The 5-foot, 7-inch freshman guard, who had 10 or more rebounds in 14 games, authored 13 double-doubles and one triple-double. In the triple-double, Dean had career highs of 38 points and 11 assists in addition to grabbing 10 rebounds in Wright’s 83-62 victory against College of DuPage on February 14th.

Dean, the recipient of two Region IV, Division II “Player of the Week” awards, also had season bests of 18 rebounds and six steals for the Wright College Rams.

Dean, a graduate of Prosser High School, is earning an associate degree at Wright.

Dean joins fellow City Colleges of Chicago players Antania Hayes of Kennedy-King College and Destiny Davis of Richard J. Daley College in earning All-Region IV honors.

Congratulations to Tayja and all of the CCC Women’s Basketball honorees!

Feb 262015

President Potash presents the Spring 2015 State of the College address to Wright College students, faculty and staff.

A message from President Potash . . .

Thank you to all who attended and participated in last Friday’s State of the College gathering. These meetings are valuable opportunities to share perspectives of what’s working and what can be improved here at Wright. Through productive discussions – large venue, small venue, via email and in meetings – we collectively develop ways to best serve our students and help them reach their educational goals.

Many of you raised issues and questions during the meeting concerning Campus Solutions, Ad Astra, the Student Experience initiative, Space Planning and other topics.


Wright College students, faculty members and staff filled the Events Building Theater during the Spring 2015 State of the College presentation.

We were limited in the amount of time we could devote to these discussions, so I have scheduled a State of the College follow-up meeting for Monday, March 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room S-247. I encourage you to join me with your ideas and/or concerns so that we might continue last week’s conversation.

For your reference, the State of the College presentation is available on Wright College Net: Spring 2015 State of the College presentation.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions – I welcome it.

With all best wishes,

David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College


College to Careers Associate Dean Karin Kushino was the winner of the random Cherry Pie giveaway during the Spring 2015 State of the College address. February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day. (Pictured with President David Potash)


Feb 262015

engineering pathways studentsHigh school students interested in applying for the Engineering Pathways program – where qualified participants are guaranteed transfer admission to the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering – have until the March 15, 2015 deadline to submit their applications.

The Engineering Pathways partnership between Wright and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers qualifying high school applicants guaranteed admission to UIUC’s College of Engineering. Students must apply to the competitive program and enroll in an associate degree program at Wright College.

Following successful completion of Pathways program course requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering in their junior year of study. UIUC’s College of Engineering is ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (September 2014).

Wright College will host its final Engineering Pathways Information Session on Thursday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Room of the Science Building. Representatives from Wright College and the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering will conduct the session and will answer questions from prospective students and their families.

Wright College transfer students admitted through the Engineering Pathways program will save close to $35,000 in tuition in fees over UIUC Engineering students admitted as college freshmen.

Please note: the Engineering Pathways transfer partnership program is exclusively for incoming freshmen, not currently enrolled students.

More information is available at the Engineering Pathways website.

Feb 182015

Graduation.CCC StudentHere’s an opportunity for Wright College’s 2015 grads to be featured during the May 2 commencement ceremony and in City Colleges’ advertising materials!

City Colleges has scheduled a professional photo shoot at Wright College on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Room S-247 (Science Building). RSVPs are highly recommended and can be made by visiting:

Photo shoot tips:

  • DON’T wear clothes with big logos or text.
  • DON’T wear white as it blends in with the background.
  • DO choose a top with at least elbow-length sleeves.
  • DO ensure any jewelry worn is simple and minimal.

Students must bring their CCC student ID. CCC will provide the cap and gown for the photo shoot.

Event.2015 Grad PhotoshootFor more information about how students can best prepare for the 2015 commencement ceremony, please visit the CCC graduation page:

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Grad.Wright Grads 2012

CAAP test results can help faculty and staff identify ways to better support students in reaching their academic goals.

A message from President Potash . . .

The ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam will be administered this Spring 2015 semester at Wright College from Monday, April 13, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Administered every two years, the CAAP assesses our students’ skills in mathematics, science, reading, writing, and critical thinking.

Wright uses CAAP data to measure upper-level student performance in key academic areas and to benchmark its general education learning outcomes with the national average for all college sophomores. We will also include performance results in assessment reporting, accreditation efforts, and grant writing.

As you know, one of Wright’s defining characteristics is its culture of continuous improvement. Our extensive work with the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports City College’s Reinvention Goals and works to build a community centered on student success and completion. The CAAP helps us to assess and measure improvements – whether in process, performance, or pedagogy.  I am proud to be part of a community so invested in this important mission.

In 2012, more than 1,500 Wright College students in 57 classes completed the CAAP exam. Overall, we found that Wright’s students performed at or slightly below the national averages in critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. While slightly lower, Wright’s scores were within 1.6 points of the national average and within CAAP’s standard deviations.   In addition, Wright’s average math score was 3.2 points above the national average (please click the graph below for more detail on 2012 results).

In early March 2015, faculty members will receive notification of their class sections selected to participate in CAAP testing, along with the dates for test administration. Students will also receive email communication about the CAAP exam, emphasizing its purpose, and encouraging their best efforts.

I urge your participation in and support for the CAAP exam administration this term. This will ensure that the testing process runs smoothly, the outcomes reflect our students’ abilities and skills, and that data collection is accurate and comprehensive. Toward these goals, participating faculty members will be asked to attend compliance training and work to motivate students to perform well.  Faculty and staff are also asked to volunteer their time to help with test administration and collection.

I want to thank Kevin Li, Dean of Instruction, his team, and everyone involved in advance for their work in coordinating and administering this year’s CAAP. It is an involved process, but one that will yield valuable information about our students and how we may continue to better support their academic needs and goals.

For more information about CAAP, please contact Dean Li or visit the CAAP website.

With all best wishes,

David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College

CAAP.Critical Thinking

Click here for the results of the 2012 CAAP


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