Published on June 5th, 2014 | by editor0
Welcome Interim C2C Dean, Bonnie Kang!
Effective June 9, 2014, Bonnie Kang will join Wright College as Interim Dean, College to Careers (C2C), Information Technology.
Over the past six months, Bonnie – in her most recent role as Project Team Leader at CCC’s Center for Operational Excellence – has been instrumental in helping Wright’s C2C program make significant progress and reach key milestones. She has been a catalyst, a manager, and a partner – all while also helping CCC’s work with CPS’ Early College STEM Schools. Faculty across the District have come together with Bonnie, and a great result is that we expect to have available for the Fall semester updated courses and new curricula for three IT pathways, including Networking (AAS), Web Development (both AAS and AS/Transfer), and Computer Science Transfer (AS). The curricula for these pathways are currently under review by the Illinois Community College Board; we anticipate word of approval in the coming months.
Bonnie began her career in finance and later attended business school to transition to more strategic roles in the retail industry, including project management. She moved to higher education to apply her skills and experience toward shaping positive change. Prior to joining City Colleges, Bonnie worked at Sears as a Special Projects Manager, where she led turnaround initiatives for Sears and Kmart Home. Prior to that, she worked at Prada USA in New York as a Strategic Planner, helping to create a successful growth strategy for the Miu Miu brand.Bonnie has also worked as a Senior Corporate Financial Analyst for Ernst and Young in San Francisco.
Originally from Northern California, Bonnie holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University Of California, Berkeley. Bonnie has two young boys, ages one and three; she calls them her greatest joy. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with them at the parks, biking, and discovering the city’s neighborhoods and attractions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago launched College to Careers to ensure Chicagoans are prepared for careers in growing fields and are able to seize the tens of thousands of new job openings over the next decade. The C2C program forges partnerships between City Colleges and industry leaders to better align City Colleges’ curricula with the demand in growing fields. These partnerships provide City Colleges’ students access to real-world experience via teacher-practitioners, internships and top-notch facilities, and offer City Colleges’ students and graduates a first pass at job opportunities.
City Colleges is enhancing its occupational programs in six fast-growing fields. Each program is headquartered at one of the City Colleges: Healthcare at Malcolm X College; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) at Olive-Harvey College; Business, Professional Services & Entrepreneurship at Harold Washington College; Information Technology at Wilbur Wright College; Advanced Manufacturing at Richard J. Daley College; and Culinary and Hospitality at Kennedy-King College.
Wright’s C2C program is poised to provide students with even more educational and economic opportunities in one of the city’s highest growth industries, information technology.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Bonnie’s vision, skills, and project management experience leading and guiding the program and its related partnerships, as well as contributing to Wright’s leadership team,” said Wright College President David Potash.