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Wright College GED - Stephen K web.jpgStephen Kosek
GED Graduate, 2013
Wilbur Wright College
Stephen Kosek struggled academically in high school and dropped out a decade ago. He enrolled in a GED program a few years after high school but family commitments took precedent so he wasn’t able to finish. He returned to the GED courses in January 2012 and learned about City Colleges’ Gateway program which gave him the motivation he needed to pass the GED and enroll in college courses, all while holding three different retail jobs. The Gateway program provides Adult Education students an opportunity to continue their studies at the City Colleges by taking college credit courses at a reduced cost while receiving academic and social support. It also helped Stephen realize that he could be a college student, something he had never considered before. Stephen is excited to pursue an associate degree at Wright College with the goal of going into a health-related career.


Edgar and Mario Arroyo
GED Graduates, 2013
Wilbur Wright College


Edgar Arroyo came to Wright College to earn his GED so he could qualify for a promotion at work. Unfortunately he was laid off from his job before he could finish the program. That gave him the ability to check out the Gateway Program and advance his education. Edgar has new goals in mind now: earning his associate degree, transferring to a four-year institution to pursue his bachelor's degree and earning his photography certification to work as a professional photographer. His success and drive inspired his younger brother Mario to return to school as well. They received their GED certificates together.

Roger Burt
A.S. Degree
Class of 2013

Wright College 2013 valedictorian Roger Burt discovered a passion for mathematics at Wright College and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the subject. He enjoyed working as a senior tutor in Wright College’s Math Lab, helping students improve their math skills and would like to teach college math someday. Roberg followed in his father’s footsteps as the second generation of his family to graduate from Wright College.

Kaitlyn Mott - grad -web.jpgKaitlyn Mott
A.A. Degree
Class of 2013
Kaitlyn Mott took advantage of the many clubs at Wright College including Phi Theta Kappa, Great Books Student Society and the History Club. She participated in the University of Illinois-Chicago Guaranteed Admissions Transfer (GAT) program, a program that guarantees admission to select UIC colleges for City Colleges of Chicago students. Kaitlyn will major in psychology with a focus on neuroscience and a minor in women’s studies at UIC and plans to continue on to graduate school.