City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
- 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 citizens. Except for a three-year period during World War II, when the U.S. Navy took it over for training purposes, the college remained at 3400 N. Austin until the recent move to the 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.
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Illinois for:
- The teacher population of 209 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College||(IL) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||209 staff||123 staff|
|Total Enrollment||12,146 students||3,999 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||58:1||35:1|
|# Full-Time Students||4,063 students||1,386 students|
|# Part-Time Students||8,083 students||2,613 students|
|% Two or more races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$35,300||$31,800|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- The Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) of Wilbur Wright College is located at 1645 North California on Chicago's near northwest side. The center opened its doors in 1995, and serves as an education and training resource for the Humboldt Park/West Town Community. The Center provides community residents with occupational skills training in areas with high employment potential. Wright College education programs lead to Associate Degrees of 60 to 64 semester credit hours and Certificates for programs of less than 60 hours. Six types of Associate Degrees are offered. They are the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate of Fine Arts(A.F.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate of Engineering Science(A.E.S.), Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) and other Certificates & Programs. The Wright College Library provides the student with a variety of books, periodicals, and electronic material for study, course-related research, and personal growth. Our library resources are available online to assist our students in meeting their educational objectives. More resources consists of quality faculty devoted to student learning, a campus culture that promotes the free exchange and sharing of ideas and allows for innovation, opportunities for professional development, facilities, technology, and staff that promote and support student learning, extracurricular activities and cultural events that enhance the learning community, counseling and other advisory services.
- The nearest community college to City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College is Northwestern College-Chicago Campus (1.6 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 425 students | 1.60 Mi4829 North Lipps Avenue
Chicago,  IL  60630
- 11,577 students | 4.10 Mi2000 5th Ave
River Grove,  IL  60171
- 717 students | 4.30 Mi8317 W North Avenue
Melrose Park,  IL  60160
- 1,529 students | 6.60 Mi1333-45 W. Argyle St.
Chicago,  IL  60640
- 10,601 students | 6.70 Mi1145 W Wilson Ave.
Chicago,  IL  60640
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