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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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Susan Sclafani Assistant Secretary of Education visits Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake

On Tuesday, August 24th, Wright College and Eli’s Cheesecake were honored to host a visit to the campus by Susan Sclafani, the Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education. I was fortunate to have met the Secretary in February when she visited the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences while attending a Community Schools Conference. It was a delight on that occasion to introduce the Secretary to the students and staff at CHSAS. The Secretary picked CHSAS because one of her responsibilities at the Department of Education includes the FFA and she had a great meeting with the FFA officer team.

On the visit to Wright, Secretary Sclafani was able to meet with the leadership of the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter (the Community College Academic Honor Society) and then saw a performance by the  Happiness Club, a youth performance program that is housed at Wright. Sclafani then came to Eli’s Cheesecake for a tour to learn how Eli’s Cheesecake is made and to meet some of the associates at Eli’s who have participated in training at Wright. We then hosted a lunch for Sclafani with some of the great educational leadership in our City and State including Chancellor Wayne Watson of the City Colleges of Chicago, Dean Robert Easter of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Robert Oliver of the U of I Extension and President Charles Guengerich of Wright.

The discussion over lunch primarily related to the challenges for American education as set forth by Tom Friedman in his best selling book “The World is Flat!” In that book, he states that the number one thing we have to do in America is ensure that our educational system guarantees every young person either a community college, university or technical school degree. This is a huge challenge and it was great to see such committed educators to making a difference


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