For an unprecedented second year in a row, Triton College has been awarded the Illinois Community College Trustee Association’s “Business/Industry Partnership Award.” Triton received the award during the ICCTA’s annual awards luncheon in Springfield in June 2016, which recognized the school’s successful workforce-training alliance with Navistar International Corporation. The Triton/Navistar partnership was selected for the award from among 40 nominations statewide.
For more than 15 years, Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar (#281 on the Fortune 500) and Triton’s School of Continuing Education have aligned to provide over 3,000 hours of training to Navistar employees. The partnership kicked into high gear following a 2009 grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act allowing Triton to assist Navistar in training welders, carpenters, sheet metal workers and millwrights through a program designed in conjunction with employee unions.
ICCTA Executive Director Michael Monaghan again recognized the partnership during the Triton College Board of Trustees July monthly board meeting, presenting plaques to Navistar representatives and members of Triton’s School of Continuing Education.
“Through these shared efforts, nearly 700 Navistar employees have benefited from expert Triton instruction,” Monaghan said at the meeting. “We are pleased to honor both (Triton College and Navistar) for contributing to the economic develop of your district and the state of Illinois.”
Triton’s Dean of Continuing Education Paul Jensen says he’s grateful for the opportunity to partner with Navistar and values the company’s commitment to workforce development and increasing the economic prosperity of its communities.
“Navistar has broadened our partnership beyond a client relationship by contributing time and resources to further the mission of our college, participating in the development of our strategic plan, and donating equipment to our academic programs,” Jensen said.
Most recently, Triton helped Navistar design a new experimental mechanic position, developing a 1,000- hour, 14-month training program customized to meet Navistar’s global workforce demands.
“The depth and breadth of Triton’s instruction would be hard to find anywhere outside the network of Illinois’ community colleges,” says Navistar President and CEO Troy Clarke.
(Above L-R) – Michael Monaghan, ICCTA executive director; Colleen Rockafellow, assistant dean, Triton College School of Continuing Education; Kerry Shipe, Navistar; Paul Jensen, dean, Triton College School of Continuing Education.