Wilbur Wright College
|Wilbur Wright College|
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|Motto||Education that Works|
|President||Donald J. Laackman|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Former names||Wright Junior College|
Wilbur Wright College, formerly known as Wright Junior College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago, is a public community college that offers multiple 2-year associate's degrees, as well as occupational training in manufacturing, medical, and business fields. 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.
Wilbur Wright College for 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 citizens. 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. The campus, designed by Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, is located at 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
The original Wright campus is now home to the Chicago Academy, the Chicago Academy High School, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership's central office.
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.
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).
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.
- Wright College Website
- Wright College Library homepage
- Wright College Library catalog
- Scholars At Wright Website
- Stage Wright Productions - Wright College Theater
- 3D Google Earth Model