Delgado Named Waubonsee “Fab 40” Alumnus
Sugar Grove — Even with a newborn at home, a full plate of community service activities and tax season in full swing, Mooney & Thomas, P.C. staff accountant Jimmie Delgado says that he loves his job and is at a great place in his life. Waubonsee Community College is proud to honor him as one of the college’s “Fabulous 40” alumni.
Waubonsee Community College has named Jimmie Delgado, staff accountant with Mooney & Thomas, C.P., as one of the college’s “Fabulous 40” alumni. Delgado, seen here at the Aurora office of Mooney & Thomas, is a former Waubonsee Student Trustee and Lucile Gustafson Scholar.
As part of the college’s yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, Waubonsee is honoring 40 alumni and students who embody the mission, vision and values of the college. These individuals represent the diversity of Waubonsee’s students and the college district, as well as the diversity of the college’s mission as a comprehensive community college.
When Delgado was a student at Oswego High School, he didn’t necessarily foresee the life he lives now. In fact, he assumed he would jump directly from high school into the workforce. A fortuitous discussion with a guidance counselor and a successful application to Waubonsee’s prestigious Lucile Gustafson Scholarship program led him to where he is today — a respected and successful member of the business community.
“The Gustafson Program was where I gained the impetus to succeed,” he said. “Before I came to Waubonsee, I had always been a good student, but I did the least amount of work possible. Things really fell into place once I started at Waubonsee.”
Finding mentors in and out of the classroom at Waubonsee, Delgado discovered his motivation and leadership skills he didn’t know he had. He volunteered through his scholarship program, served on the Waubonsee Student Senate as secretary, and was also Student Trustee for a year, serving on the college’s board of trustees.
“Waubonsee really helped me with the building blocks and gave me that push that I needed,” he said. “They put the tools in my tool belt so that I could excel — academically and with my character development too.”
After graduating from Waubonsee with his associate degree, Delgado enrolled at Aurora University (AU), where he accepted another prestigious scholarship, the Dunham Scholarship. Like the Gustafson Scholarship at Waubonsee, as a Dunham Scholar, Delgado continued his community service activities. He continues to work today on projects he started while a student there, such as the Angel Tree project, which provides Christmas presents to children who have an incarcerated parent. In addition, Delgado was president of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society at AU and a founding member of the AU chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. He also received AU’s Senior Award, which is especially noteworthy because the award is given to the student who made the greatest contribution to his or her class over their four years and Delgado only attended AU for two years.
Delgado also served as a peer tutor to fellow students at Waubonsee and continued this at Aurora University.
“Sometimes students can relate better to other students,” he said.
Graduating from AU with a bachelor’s degree with honors in accounting, Delgado joined the Aurora-based firm Mooney & Thomas, P.C.
“Being an accountant, especially this time of year, it’s very, very busy,” he said. “But it’s really a great career. There’s so much financial misinformation out there. Here, we can educate the customer on their choices.”
Delgado is currently studying for the Certified Public Accountancy exam and learning as much as possible from the experienced partners at Mooney & Thomas.
“The partners here all have at least 25 years as partner and even more experience in accounting,” he said. “At school you learn the fundamentals, but here I’ve learned so much.”
Continuing the commitment to community involvement and volunteer work he embraced at Waubonsee, Delgado is a member of the Lions Club, Bridging the Gap, and the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group. He is also a graduate of the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy.
Delgado’s wife, Tara, is also a graduate of Waubonsee who went on to earn her bachelor’s degree. They live in Plano with their newborn daughter, Isabella.