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Published on June 18th, 2014 | by editor


Get to Know … CIS Student Mercedes Vazquez

mercedes vazquez2When asked about her favorite part of her internship with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Mercedes Vazquez finds it difficult to choose. Mercedes, who will complete her Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Information Systems (CIS) in 2014, says she enjoys troubleshooting information technology (IT) issues, helping others and learning through the hands-on experience she is gaining as the Chicagoland Chamber’s on-site IT staff person.

On Tuesday, June 17, Mercedes joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, and fellow City Colleges of Chicago students at the City Club of Chicago, where Chancellor Hyman announced that Truman College will serve as the newest College to Careers hub, focusing on education careers.  Wright College is the College to Careers hub for Information Technology. At the event, Mercedes presented City Colleges of Chicago mugs and t-shirts to the City Club of Chicago’s chairman Paul Green and president Jay Doherty. Please click here to view Chancellor Hyman’s announcement and speech.

Mercedes manages day-to-day IT needs and as well as special requirements for Chamber events. After six months in this role, she was asked to continue her work and her internship was extended. Mercedes attributes her problem-solving success to the skills she gained in her classes at Wright, particularly her Forensic Investigation class. Mercedes will complete her associate degree in Fall 2014 and plans to continue her undergraduate and graduate studies in the IT field. She is looking to transfer to the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) or the University of California.

Congratulations, Mercedes, and keep up the great work!




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