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Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center

Kenneth Santiago


History and Vision

The history of the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC) goes back to 1982, when the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees authorized the Chancellor to identify an appropriate location for an adult learning center in the Humboldt Park community. After numerous meetings with community leaders, and working with the City of Chicago Public Building Commission, a site for the new facility was acquired in 1989.                      

As one of Wright College's two campus locations, HPVEC serves approximately 3,500 students each year, in college credit, adult education and skills programs. Wright College's Humboldt Park location offers the following:

  • Adult Education - English as a Second Language (ESL) & GED preparation
  • Basic and Advanced Certificate programs
  • Associate Degree programs                      

Each certificate and degree is designed as a stackable credential.                        

Wright's Humboldt Park location is excited to launch new Information Technology (IT) college-credit courses in Fall 2015. Wright College is the hub for IT programs in City Colleges' "College to Careers" initiative. The College to Careers initiative is designed to help prepare Chicagoans for careers in high-growth industries; more than 24,000 IT job openings are expected to be available in the Chicago area in the next decade.                    

For more information on the programs available at HPVEC, please consult the HPVEC Fall 2015 Schedule.           


Dean, Ken Santiago -                        

Associate Dean, Maureen Fitzpatrick -                        

Adult Education Manager, Martha Caldero -                      

Medical Assistant Coordinator, Christine Dzoga -              

CNC Manufacturing Coordinator, Billy McFarland -​              

Academic Advisor, Barbara Krzewinska -                      

Academic Advisor, Nancy Galindo -                        

Acadmic Advisor, Rolando Sosa -

Financial Aid Advisor, Eliezer Hernandez -

Testing Specialist, Melanie Roman -

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(773) 481-8300
(773) 481-8236
1645 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
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Front Office
Mon-Thurs: 8:30am – 7:30pm
Fri: 8:30am – 4pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm

Academic Advisors
Mon: 9am – 6pm
Tues: 9am – 4:30pm
Wed & Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: By Appt only

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