Wilbur Wright College

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Wilbur Wright College
Wilbur Wright College, One of the City Colleges of Chicago.jpg
Wilbur Wright College Logo
Motto Education that Works
Established 1934
Type Community
Chancellor Cheryl L. Hyman
President David Potash, Ph.D.
Vice-president Mike Davis
Students 9000
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus Large City
Former names Wright Junior College
Colors Brown, grey
Athletics Basketball (Women), Basketball (Men)
Mascot Rams
Website http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/wright/Pages/default.aspx

Wilbur Wright College, formerly known as Wright Junior College,[1] is a public community college in Chicago. Part of the City Colleges of Chicago system, it offers 2-year associate's degrees, as well as occupational training in IT, manufacturing, medical, and business fields.

Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

History[edit]

Wilbur Wright College was established in 1934 by the Chicago Board of Education as one of the system of three city junior colleges designed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of Chicago residents.[1] For a three-year period during World War II, the U.S. Navy leased the facilities and trained thousands of men as part of the Electronics Training Program. The college remained in its initial location at 3400 N. Austin Ave. until moving to a new campus in 1993.

In 1966, Wright and the other city colleges were reorganized into a new community college district, named the City Colleges of Chicago, with its own Board of Trustees and taxing authority. This system includes colleges which, in turn, are a part of the State system comprising 40 public community college districts and 49 individual colleges.

Under the City Colleges of Chicago's new Reinvention initiative, Wright is the center for Information Technology learning throughout the CCC system.

Campus[edit]

Wright College was originally located in a large building at 3400 N. Austin Avenue, in Dunning. The original Wright campus is now home to the Chicago Academy Elementary School, the Chicago Academy High School, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership's central office. Due to needs for additional space and more specialised facilities, in 1993 it moved to a 23-acre parcel at 4300 N. Narragansett Avenue, at a cost of $90 million.[2] The campus was designed by renowned Chicago-area architect Bertrand Goldberg[3] In 2013, the school began a $3.5 million project to renovate and install new HVAC systems in the Learning Resource Center, a pyramid and one of the campus' landmarks.[4]

Wright College is a leader in sustainability and was recognized as a Bronze Level Compact School in the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Program. The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Wright College as a Tree Campus USA for three consecutive years.[5]

Accreditation[edit]

Wilbur Wright College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Office of Education Department of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education. The program in Radiography is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; the Business Department is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs; and the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Learning Resource Center at Wright's Narragansett campus

Wilbur Wright College is host to the Scholars at Wright program, a great books program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wilbur Wright College is host to the only ABA (American Bar Association)-approved Paralegal Studies Program at a public college in the City of Chicago.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The History of the City Colleges of Chicago
  2. ^ "[http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-05-14/news/8602030737_1_bond-issue-classrooms-and-laboratories-new-campus". Chicago Tribune. 14 May 1986.
  3. ^ "[1]. Bertrand Goldberg. Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "[2]. Board of Trustees Resolution 508. 12 July 2012.
  5. ^ "[3]." City Colleges of Chicago. Retrieved on February 21, 2013.

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