Welcome to Summer @ Wright College

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Wright LRC OutsideA message from President Potash . . . 

It is terrific to see Wright’s campus come back to life – with close to 6,500 students who are here for the summer semester and our faculty to teach them.

Some of you are working towards completing your associate degree or certificate program. Others of you have returned for the summer from four-year colleges and universities to take prerequisite or supplemental courses at Wright. Some of you are participating in one of our many Professional and Personal Development classes.

To all of you – welcome! We are delighted that you are studying with us. We look forward to meeting your academic needs and providing you an outstanding educational experience.

If you are continuing into the Fall 2015 semester, please remember to register early to ensure your preferred courses are available. Registration is now open  — just visit my.ccc.edu to begin. Or, contact your advisor to help plan your courses. Fall semester credit classes will begin Monday, August 24.

Also – and this is very important – the last day for students to register for the Fall 16-week credit class session will be Monday, August 17. That means, starting this fall, credit students must register at least one week before the start of the term and will no longer be able to register up until the day classes start.

This change will also affect registration for 12-week and 8-week credit classes. The deadline for 12-week classes is Monday, September 14. Registration will end for 8-week courses on Monday, October 12.

Please don’t hesitate to contact a Wright college staff member with any questions. Also, be sure to:

With all best wishes for success this summer and beyond!

 

 

David Potash, President

Wilbur Wright College

 

From Manufacturing to Medicine – Wright Student Returns to the Classroom for a New Career

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 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, cdzoga@ccc.edu. Or, visit www.ccc.edu. 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

Wright College IT Students Selected by Cisco Networking Academy to Work at NBA Draft Combine in Chicago

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.”

HPVEC Engages Community Collaborators During Quarterly Gatherings

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.

Wright Honors Top Achievers at 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony

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

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