IMA Education Foundation Presents Scholarship Award to Triton College

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The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation awarded Triton College $25,000 in scholarship funds for meeting a series of set standards and performing at a high level of active engagement to foster greater educational opportunities within the field of manufacturing. Triton College is one of three institutions across the state that is receiving a scholarship from the IMA Education Foundation this summer.

Triton College is one of the leaders statewide in manufacturing education, and is a key partner in the Illinois Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) offering comprehensive apprenticeship studies beginning this fall. By developing and implementing a true German-style apprenticeship model Triton’s program assures a high quality pool of candidates to fill the most technologically demanding careers in manufacturing today. With nearly 600 thousand manufacturing jobs in Illinois, Triton’s innovative manufacturing programs taught by dedicated faculty help students to acquire the in-demand skills that employers throughout Chicagoland are looking for.

“Triton College is appreciative of the IMA Education Foundation for supporting manufacturing and engineering students with this scholarship donation,” said Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore. “We are proud of our partnership efforts and are committed to future opportunities with area manufacturers to meet the region’s workforce needs.”

“The skills and certification opportunities being provided through Triton College’s programs provide students a competitive advantage in an industry that has long been the backbone of our economy,” said William Hickey, chairman, Illinois

Manufacturers’ Association; president, Lapham-Hickey Steel. “As a third generation manufacturer, I cannot stress enough the importance for local employers to be engaged with our community colleges to ensure success for the next generation of skilled workers in our industry.”

“Among the objectives of the IMA Education Foundation is a provision for IMA to provide scholarship opportunities for deserving students following a pathway of study leading to a manufacturing career,” said Andrew Faville, board member, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association; CEO, Falex Corporation. “This scholarship award will assist manufacturing students with the cost of tuition, books, fees, transportation and childcare services so students can alleviate some of their financial concerns while focusing on their education and training.”

Community colleges receiving funding must demonstrate active engagement with the manufacturing community by meeting certain set standards demonstrating their commitment to education and training focused on the manufacturing and technology sector.

“The students at Triton College have the potential to ensure our state will continue to build a strong pipeline for the workforce and fill the skills gap that is facing our industry,” said Greg Baise, president and CEO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “We hope to continue broadening participation and working with these institutions to increase success across the board for students pursuing opportunities in the manufacturing sector.”

The IMA Education Foundation Board of Directors has endowed its second round of annual scholarship to three schoolsthis summer for the 2016-2017 academic year. The first round of endowments were made to six institutions last summer for the 2015-2016 school year. The IMA Education Foundation scholarship investments in these programs will help students for years to come.

(PICTURED) (L-R)- Tom Olson, Triton College Foundation president; Andrea Blaylock, Triton College Engineering and Technology instructor; Dr. Henry ‘Chuck’ Bohleke, Triton College dean of Business and Technology; Antigone Sharris, Triton College Engineering and Technology Department coordinator; Mary-Rita Moore, Triton College president; William Hickey, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association board chair; and Greg Baise, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association president and CEO.


Capture a Pokémon…Catch them all and have a chance to win Lollapalooza tickets…while you register for classes!


Stock up on your potions and other rewards at Triton College – and register for fall semester classes during the Pokémon Go Great Campus Capture on Thursday, July 21!

 The Great Campus Capture coincides with Triton’s FAST PASS Registration Event, where prospective students will find everything they need to register for the upcoming fall semester.

 The Campus Capture runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and FAST PASS registration is open until 3 p.m. Triton College is located at 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill.

 We’ll provide the lures for you to compete with future classmates and instructors to capture Drowzee, Hypno, Rattata and all of the other PokémonWe’ll also provide opportunities for students to tour the campus, complete Triton’s orientation program, and meet with academic counselors and financial aid advisors to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 In addition to the Pokémon Go fun and registration opportunities, you’ll also have a chance to win Lollapalooza tickets and other prizes courtesy of 101WKQX FM.  You can also hang out with the 101WKQX street team and morning show host Brian Phillips.

 You’re not going to want to miss this epic event as Triton College transforms into the ultimate Poké/Registration stop.

 Triton College Police will be on hand during the event to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.


Jumpstart Your Career in Automotive Technology at Triton College


“I’m not a salesman for this program, I just see something that works here, and it works well,” remarked Mulcahy during Triton College’s 2016 GM and ACDelco ASEP (Automotive Service Educational Program) recognition luncheon.

Tim Mulcahy knows a thing or two about training good auto mechanics. After all, he’s worked as an automotive service technician for more than 30 years.

 The event honored graduates of the program, in which Triton College partners with General Motors and ACDelco to provide training and practical experience for students pursuing a career in automotive technology.

 Mulcahy served as the guest speaker at the ceremony. His son, Cole Mulcahy was among the most recent crop of ASEP graduates.

 “One of the great things about this program is you learn it in class one day, and apply it in the work place the next,” the elder Mulchahy said.

 The GM and ACDelco ASEP Program, now in its 34th year at Triton, matches students with GM Dealerships or ACDelco professional service centers in the area. Throughout the two-year program, participants report to work with their sponsoring partner in addition to attending classes at Triton.

 “They’re already in a job, so most of (the graduates) are just going to transition or move up into positions where they are,” said James Gray, Triton’s ASEP Coordinator.

 Andrew Wawrzyniak of Wood Dale is one of this year’s ASEP graduates. Between his classes at Triton and on the job training at Biggers Chevrolet in Elgin, Wawrzyniak picked up diagnostic and repair skills that will allow him to keep cars and drivers safe on our roads. His hard work and diligence earned him the program’s leadership award.

 “It was pretty grueling, with hard work hours and school hours,” he said. “But the guys we were with and the teachers were outstanding. “

 Click here for more information on the GM and ACDelco ASEP partnership including how to apply, or contact the General Motors ASEP coordinator at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3454.

August 13th, Super Saturday Makes Enrollment Fast and Easy

SUPERRegistering for college classes has never been easier, from counselors on hand to ensure students enroll in the classes that best fit their goals and schedule, to financial aid specialists who will help craft a plan to pay for school.

Super Saturday will provide current and prospective Triton students everything they need to get ready for the fall semester.

Click here to register to attend the Super Saturday event.

During the event, you can:

Complete your application, Register for classes, Take placement tests, Participate in the new student orientation, Meet with financial aid advisors and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Tour the campus, Enjoy music and refreshments.

Enter a raffle to win a free three-credit-hour class.

Students attending the event should bring: Photo ID, Copies of their ACT results., Transcripts for college level course work completed at another college/university, Copies of their (or their parents’) tax returns (to complete the financial aid application).

For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

Triton Branches Out in Effort to Become Tree Campus USA

2016-July 13 Tree Planting

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The Triton Greening the Campus Committee planted a Nannyberry Viburnum near the Triton College Prairie Garden.


A warm sunny morning and the beautiful Triton College Prairie Garden served as the backdrop for members of Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee as they welcomed the newest addition to campus, a Nannyberry Viburnum tree.

 Triton’s environmental biology students and other community members attended the tree planting ceremony Wednesday, July 13, which is part of the college’s effort to qualify as a Tree Campus USA college.

 “It’s a program for campuses to engage in truly taking care of their campus arboretum,” said Triton College Sustainability Center Coordinator Adrian Fisher.

 The Tree Campus USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Fisher expects Triton to receive full designation as a Tree Campus USA by the end of this year. Other elements of the project include creating a campus tree inventory and map, formulating a campus tree care plan and incorporating tree-related activities into classwork.

 Located next to the Prairie Garden, the newly planted Nannyberry Viburnum is an Illinois native tree that will grow to be about 20 feet tall.

 “It has flowers in the spring and berries that birds really love, so it will be a nice little contribution to this natural corner of campus,” said Fisher.

 The Triton College Prairie Garden is located on the west side of campus, just south of the D Building. The Greening the Campus Committee planted Prairie Garden in 2009 and continue to nurture and maintain it. It features about 100 species of native prairie grasses and flowers and is a certified Monarch Waystation.

 Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee works in collaboration with the Sustainability Center. Their goals include educating and training the community about our ecosystem, and advocating for and practicing sustainability on campus.

 For more information about Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee’s initiatives including Tree Campus USA, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Adrian Fisher at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3364.

Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee planted a Nannyberry Viburnum near the Triton College Prairie Garden on July 13, 2016