Family Fun Fest at Triton – Sept. 30

Fall FerstA chill in the air, leaves changing colors and kids heading back to school are sure signs that fall is upon us. Celebrate this wonderful time of year with an action packed day of fun and activities at Triton College’s Fall Family Fun Fest. The annual event is Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in Triton’s Botanical Gardens located on the east side of campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., in River Grove. 

The fun-filled event includes games, activities and exhibits designed for adults and children of all ages. Get creative at the noodle necklace and mask-making stations and show off your skills with the jumbo ring toss, bucket toss and youth obstacle course. 

The Great Triton Treasure Hunt encourages families to work together to figure out clues that take them to various areas around Triton’s campus. Each child who completes the challenge and visits all locations will receive multiple prizes. “Operation Lifesaver” offers an inside look at how police officers protect us and the fire safety exhibit will provide some great tips for keeping the family out of harm’s way. 

Be sure to check out the Fun with Legos™ exhibit, play the ‘Mexican Lottery’ and commemorate the wonderful event with the family photo booth. 

Food prepared by students of Triton’s Hospitality Program will be available for purchase at the event. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth at the sugar cookie decorating station. 

 The event is FREE to attend and open to the community.

For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3867.



Volunteer Management Online Certificate Program

Class start Sept. 11, and space is limited.  For more information, call the Triton College Continuing Education Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500, email or visit

A unique online program offered by Triton College’s School of Continuing Education will help volunteer managers gain skills that will allow them to get the most out of their volunteers while maximizing the positive impact of their organizations.

 New this fall, the Volunteer Management Online Certificate Program allows professional and aspiring volunteer managers to participate from the convenience of their home, office or anywhere, while networking with others from around the region and nation.

 The high-quality program features two online courses that can serve as a gateway to prepare for the national certification in volunteer management.

 Topics covered include:  

 ·         Ethical Decision Making

·         Operational Management

·         Meeting Management

·         Financial Management

·         Data Management

·         Quality Improvement

·         Advocacy in Volunteer Administration

·         Community Collaboration and Alliances

·         Ethics Case Study

·         Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Chan-VoThe program’s instructor, Stephanie Chan Vo, is one of the most respected volunteer mangers in the Chicagoland area, having led volunteer teams at Susan G.Komen and the Chinese American Service League among others. She is currently leads a team of nearly 800 volunteers for Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights. In her role, she coordinates all aspects of their robust and thriving volunteer program including recruiting, interviewing, onboarding, supervising, recognizing and retaining volunteers for positions.

Education Leaders from Guangzhou China Visit Triton College

DelegationA delegation of about 20 educators representing career and technical education institutions in Guangzhou, China visited Triton College to gain a firsthand look at how the American community college system helps prepare students for educational and professional success.

 The visit was organized by the Oak Brook based 21st Century Institute, a non-profit organization that helps businesses and organizations build relationships through exchange programs to develop better understanding between government units in the United States and China.

 “This visit is designed to help members of the Chinese delegation understand the curriculum design of American community colleges, and match it with the marketing needs,” said 21st Century program coordinator Derrick Zhang. “Our experience at Triton has been the most unforgettable experience of all of our community college visits. I got a lot of feedback from members of our delegation, saying the visit to Triton was very satisfying and productive.”

 “In many ways, it’s a natural fit for educators from the city of Guangzhou to visit the Chicagoland area. As the third largest cities in our respective countries, we share similar opportunities – and challenges – in terms of helping our students achieve their educational goals and succeed in their careers,” said Triton College President Mary Rita Moore.

 During their visit, members of the Guangzhou delegation heard presentations detailing a number of programs and services that Triton offers to students and organizations within our communities. Highlights included how Triton’s high quality degree and certificate programs – including biotechnology and automotive technology- are helping to prepare students to succeed in the workforce or transfer to four year colleges to complete their degrees.

 The group also learned how Triton’s School of Continuing Education’s Center for Professional Development offers customized training programs to businesses within the community, focusing on safety, professional development, leadership and more.

 The delegation completed their visit with a tour of Triton’s campus, including the brand new Student Center and the recently renovated Health and Sciences building, which features equipment and technology similar to that used by many of the top hospitals in the area.

 “I’m confident this visit will inspire discussion and an exchange of thoughts and ideas that will ultimately pay dividends for the students of all of the institutions represented here today, as well as students from our communities in both the United States and China,” President Moore told the group.

Triton and University of Illinois-Chicago Sign Transfer Guarantee Agreement

UICsigningCA newly signed agreement between Triton College and University of Illinois-Chicago will allow Triton students to easily transfer credits to nearby UIC, where they can complete their baccalaureate degrees. Officials from Triton and UIC gathered at Triton’s River Grove campus Friday Aug. 25 to sign the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program agreement, which will benefit students from throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond.   

Under the partnership, Triton students who successfully complete required TAG Program courses and meet other criteria will be guaranteed admission into UIC, allowing them to build upon their experience at Triton and minimize the duplication of instruction.

“We are pleased to offer our students the opportunity to enroll in the TAG Program, which fosters our mission of student success by allowing Triton graduates to complete their Baccalaureate degrees at UIC,” said Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore.

 As students at Triton College, TAG Program participants will be assigned a Transfer Coordinator who will work with them to ensure they remain on track to successfully complete the program. Additionally, students will have access to an online account that keeps them engaged and informed by allowing them track their progress, helping to ensure they reach their educational goals.

 “The reason ultimately these agreements are critical is transparency,” said UIC vice Provost Kevin M. Browne. “We want students to know what the expectations is. We want students to be able come to UIC as quickly as possible, as prepared as possible, with no loss of transferable courses.”

 The University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the premiere research institutes in the United States, with revered academic programs consistently producing graduates who make a positive impact as leaders in their chosen field. Triton College offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs taught by high quality faculty members. Students can enroll in classes taught on Triton’s conveniently located campus which features cutting-edge equipment and state-of-the-art facilities, or take advantage of online programs that allow students to study from anywhere.

 The TAG Program is a natural fit for Triton and the University of Illinois-Chicago, as UIC has consistently ranked as a top 5 transfer destination for Triton students for many years.

 To learn more about the Triton College – University of Illinois-Chicago TAG Program, visit

A 5th Avenue Journal Staff Member Honored at Board of Trustees Meeting

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 4.51.59 PMCongratulations to our very own Rachel Hindery. One of the newest recipients of Triton College’s Daniel Johnson EMT-B Excellence Awards.

Emergency Medical Technology Program coordinator Bill Justiz (above center) presented the awards during the July Triton College Board of Trustees monthly board meeting.

For the fall 2016 semester, the award was presented to Dale Ryant (above right) of Brookfield. Ryant has completed associate degrees in Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Nuclear Medicine at Triton and he currently works as a nuclear technologist and teaches at the National Latino Education Institute in Chicago. He next plans to enroll in paramedic school and pursue a career as a police officer.

“The EMS program (at Triton) is excellent,” Ryant said after accepting his award. “I recommend this program to a lot of people and a lot of the younger guys coming up.”

For the spring 2017 semester, Rachel Hindery of River Forest received the award. At Triton, Hindery has worked as a writer for the 5th Avenue Journal student newspaper and served as a staff member for Triton’s Camp Gadget summer program.

“I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to learn from the instructors as well as my classmates during study sessions before and after my classes,” Hindery said.

The award is named for former Triton College EMT student and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman who was killed in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan.

Pictured (L-R): Rachel Hindery, Bill Justiz, Dale Ryant