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Wright College LPN Students Bring Health Awareness and Blood Pressure Screenings to the Wright Campus Business Park and the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market

One of the most successful and important programs at Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is Allied Health. Several hundred Wright students are studying nursing and emergency medicine as well as programs to become a medical assistant or medical technician.

This week were delighted to see a well deserved profile of Pedro DeJesus in the Chicago Tribune Business Section. Pedro attended Wright College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. He then spent 6 years working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital while also going to school to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Roosevelt University. He then went on to Northwestern University Law School, where I received my degree, and has distinguished himself since as an attorney in private practice and as corporate counsel. This just shows how far a degree from Wright College will allow you to go.


On Thursday, July 17th, we were delighted to have the Wright LPN Class join us at the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Farmers Market. This is a one year intensive program that leads to great opportunities in nursing and healthcare.


Wright College sponsors a weekly activity at the Farmers Market and has an information tent to inform the community about all of the programs at Wright. This week the Wright LPN students greeted Market visitors and offered free blood pressure screening


A team of LPN students accompanied by instructor Betty Gannon visited each of the companies in the Wright Campus Business Park to offer blood pressure screenings at their own facilities. In the photo above, the students and Betty are greeted by John Dudlak, the President of Chicago Paper Tube & Can Company.


Instructor Dora Albert and her students came to the Eli’s Lunchroom to offer blood pressure screenings to all of our people. Almost everyone of our associates took advantage of the opportunity and commented on the professionalism of the Wright students. Above the students and Dora are thanked by Wright College President Charles Guengerich and Vice President
Cynthia Cordos.


Over the course of the day, over 200 people had the blood pressure screened. Eli’s Mike Neuhaus, pictured above, took advantage of the screening twice; at the beginning of the day and at lunch.

Thank you Wright College and all of the LPN students and faculty for helping us all be more knowledgeable about our health and the need to control our blood pressure.

Untreated high blood pressure is a strong risk factor for both strokes and cardiovascular disease and we are grateful that so many of us were able to determine if we have health risks that require attention.

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Patricia Stanley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education for Community Colleges visits the Wright College and the Wright Campus Business Park

Dr. Patricia Stanley is the former President of Frederick Community College in Mayland. Earlier in her career, Dr. Stanley served as dean of vocational education, and later as administrator for the economic development and vocational education division of the California community college Chancellor’s office for the 107 college system;

In December of 2006, Dr. Stanley was sworn in as the Department of Education’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges, within the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). In this position, Dr. Stanley acts to advance community college interests within the Department of Education and to serve as a point of contact for community college officials.

We were honored this week to host a visit by Dr. Stanley to the Wright Campus Business Park and Wright College. We are very fortunate in Chicago and at Wright to have the support of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). In August of 2005, we hosted Susan Sclafani, then Assistant Secretary of OVAE, for a tour of Wright and lunch at Eli’s with education leaders. In June of this year, we are delighted that Dr.Sclafani’s successor, Troy Justesen, will deliver the commencement address as the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. This is very exciting as Secretary Justesen is an FFA alumni and the senior Department of Education for the FFA.

Dr.Stanley visits the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe. Here she meets Eli’s Chef Antonio Rivera, a student in Eli’s U., the onsite educational program that is run in connection with Wright College. Antonio’s daughter is also a Wright College student in the Radiology Program.

Dr. Stanley is greeted at Wright College by President Charles Gungerich, Dean of Instruction Cynthia Cordes and Eli’s Marc Schulman

One of the most successful projects at Wright this year was the opening of the SGA Cafe which features Stewart’s Coffee and desserts from Eli’s with 100% of proceeds going to student scholarships. Above Dr. Stanley congratulates SGA and PTK President Keyla Torres on the success of the project.

President Guengerich hosted a group of 20 students to meet with Dr. Stanley. As a former communnity college president, Dr. Stanley had a keen understanding of the important role that Wright and other community colleges play in our society.The passion of the attending students says a great deal about the quality of Wright students.

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Wright Community Comes Together for the Dedication of the Wright Campus Business Park

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe at Eli’s Cheesecake World hosted a capacity crowd on Thursday, February 15th for the dedication of the Wright Campus Business Park. Our thanks to our Alderman Tom Allen of the 38th Ward for his leadership in making the dedication possible and to President Charles Guengerich of Wright and Dr. Wayne Watson, the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago for all their support in making Wright College so important to our lives.

We were joined at the dedication by Commissioner David Hanson of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development as well as Commissioner Sadhu Johnston of the Department of the Environment

The partners in the Wright Campus Business Park–Chicago Paper Tube & Can, Columbia/Craft Metal Spinning, Eli’s Cheesecake, Paaschke Airbrush Company and Spectra Merchandising International are joined by Alderman Allen, Commissioner Johnnston, Commissioner Allen, Mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff Rice, President Guengerich, Chancellor Watson and Brian Fabes of the Civic Consulting Alliance for the symbolic unveiling of the Wright Campus Business
Park sign.

John Dudlak of Chicago Paper Tube & Can, President Charles Guengerich of Wright College join Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman and Alderman Tom Allen for the unveiling of the sign at the entrance to the Wright Campus Business Park.

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Dedication of the Wright Campus Business Park a Reality!

Over twenty two years ago, we moved our business to the northwest side of Chicago near what had been the Dunning property. Ten years we realized a dream when we opened Eli’s Cheesecake World just one half mile north of our first bakery and just west of Wright College. Tomorrow, on Thursday, February 15th, another part of our dream comes true when Eli’s and our fellow property owners in our business park dedicate it as the “Wright Campus Business Park.” At Eli’s, lifelong learning is first and foremost, and we could have no better partner in that endeavor than Wright College.

We are so proud today to welcome you to visit Eli’s Cheesecake World at the Wright Campus Business Park.

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