Andres Gerena came to Wright College after graduating from Lane Tech High School and earning the Star Scholarship. He is a part of the college’s guaranteed admissions Engineering Pathways program.

At Wright, Andres was involved with multiple organizations and became President of the National Society of Black Engineers—Wright College Chapter. He was a tutor in chemistry and math and was also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Andres was named the 2022 Wright College valedictorian for his commitment to excellence.

After graduation, Andres plans to transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. His goal is to use his chemical engineering background to promote environmental sustainability.

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