Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright

Wright, Wilbur: see Wright Brothers.
Wilbur Wright College is a public community college which offers multiple 2-year associate's degrees, as well as occupational training in manufacturing, medical, and business fields.


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 in its initial location at 3400 N. Austin Ave. until the recent move to a new campus at 4300 N. Narragansett Ave. 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.


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.

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