Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Ruben Ruiz of Morton College

Meet Ruben Ruiz of Morton College (3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero), est. 1924
Hometown:
Oxnard, CA
Current Residence: Summit, IL
About Ruben: I’m Ruben Ruiz, born in Oxnard, California and raised in Chicago’s Little Village (I also lived in Cicero for a few years). I’m currently a proud resident of Summit, Illinois. My parents are from the state of Guanajuato, where I lived for almost ten years; like many Mexican families, we stayed in Guanajuato for a couple of years and then returned to the U.S.  Unlike many, I actually graduated twice from grammar school and high School—in Mexico and here in the U.S. I love traveling and I just came back from an amazing trip to Rome!

The Business Side: I am a proud Morton College Alumn and have worked at Morton College for the past 23 years! I was recently appointed as the CIO of Morton College. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) has to manage the IT needs of an organization. There are many challenges that the job brings, but I have to say, so far I think I have been doing a good job.

Continuing ones education is important no matter the age. When I started at Morton College, I conducted Community Service Classes. These were reduced price classes, if not free for individuals looking to strengthen certain computer skills. As it is stated in our mission, “Our goal is to enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life-long learning.” Morton College is a big supporter of giving back and as such encourages staff and students to volunteer.

The cost of continuing education can be difficult for many. It was for me when I attended college. For this reason, I try as best as I can to help my students find scholarships. I also encourage people to support events that help support scholarship funding like the upcoming Hope Walk.

Describe yourself using 3 words.
Adaptive:
I find it easy to adjust to new situations. Being with Morton College for so long, I’ve had to be flexible and adapt to many changes within my environment.
Empathetic: I’m able to put myself in other people’s shoes and relate to them, and even feel what they are feeling to a certain degree. I understand, I care and am the type of person that you would not have an issue talking to about your troubles.
Humble: I am a simple person that is inspired by the simplest things. Life is too short to be selective—that’s why we have to live it to the fullest every day. I try to keep this in mind and be grateful for all of the amazing things in my life.

What inspires you?
Looking at my own growth and my ability to learn through new experiences and challenges is inspiring, in a way. The success that my students achieve in their careers also inspires me.  I have several students that have moved on to great careers in Psychotherapy, Nursing, Executive Assisting and more! It feels good to know that I’ve made an impact in their lives.

Tell us something that people might not know about you.
I was named Youth Leader of the year when I was a Cicero Boys’ Club Member. During that time, I developed my skills as a leader and a mentor; becoming a Youth Leader of the year meant that I demonstrated the Clubs mission of respect and leadership. I also have over 600 pieces of Simpson’s memorabilia 🙂

What gets you through a rough day?
My family or a good friend gets me through rough days. Having a person that you can trust with the most personal issues and get a positive response from is the most rewarding feeling. For me in particular, support from others gets me through the roughest day and transforms that day into the something positive and enjoyable.

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