PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County student RyKai Wright was honored by Allegheny County Council, which issued an official proclamation recognizing Wright’s achievements at its April 19 meeting. A student at CCAC South and Allegheny campuses, Wright was selected as one of only six Achieving the Dream 2017 DREAM Scholars nationwide. As such, she recently attended the annual DREAM conference in San Francisco, where she engaged with other community college leaders to bring about powerful change for student success.
Achieving the Dream is a comprehensive nongovernmental reform movement that is helping more than four million community college students have more opportunities for economic success. As a scholar, Wright participated in four days of discussions and workshops and took part in a panel discussion with other ATD scholars.
Wright, of Munhall, has excelled in her studies and will graduate this spring with an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology–Mechanical and will earn an additional associate degree in Mathematics & Sciences this summer with plans to transfer to a four-year university in the fall to earn her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has also demonstrated leadership as a member and an officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and as an ambassador for the CCAC Honors Program and the CCAC Student Ambassador Program.
According to Charlene Newkirk, CCAC president of South Campus, “Ever since RyKai came to CCAC, she has grown as a student and a leader. She is always ready to take on new challenges and has demonstrated a commitment to positively impact the college community. We are very proud of her selection as an Achieving the Dream Scholar.”
In addition, Wright has provided outstanding community service through her work for the Best of the Batch Foundation, where, as program intern, she works as the foundation’s volunteer coordinator and performs many other duties that promote the great work of the foundation to benefit thousands of underserved children in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Allegheny County Council enthusiastically recognized Wright’s achievements as an outstanding student leader at CCAC, as well as in her community, and wished her much success in her future endeavors.
Photo: First row, from the left: Council members Sue Means and John Palmiere (member, CCAC Board of Trustees), RyKai Wright, CCAC Dean of Student Development Kelli Maxwell, and council member Denise Ranalli-Russell. Second row: Council members Patrick Catena, Thomas Baker, James Ellenbogen, Nicholas Futules, Cindy Kirk, Samuel DeMarco, Paul Klein, John DeFazio, Robert Macey, DeWitt Walton and Dr. Charles Martoni (president, CCAC Boyce Campus). Photo courtesy of Margaret Stanley.