Triton College receives National Council of Continuing Education and Training’s Exemplary Program Award in Workforce & Economic Development



Programs created and implemented by Triton College’s dedicated faculty and staff are once again receiving recognition for providing high quality educational opportunities to students throughout our communities.

 Triton’s School of Continuing Education recently received the National Council of Continuing Education and Training’s (NCCET) 2016 Exemplary Program Award in the category of Workforce & Economic Development. The award honored Triton’s Facilities & Engineering Technology Program which is an associate degree program developed in partnership with and for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399.

 The NCCET awards programs for outstanding performance based on criteria including innovation, sustainability, replicability and need/impact.

 Triton College was also recently awarded the Des Plaines Valley Region School/College Alliance Best Practices Award for its ‘Math Ready’ Program.

 Through the ‘Math Ready’ Program, high school students within Triton’s district take developmental math classes taught at their school, which helps prepare them to succeed in college level math courses once they graduate. Triton launched the program in 2014, and has since expanded it to include East and West Leyden, Proviso East and West, Oak Park and River Forest and Riverside-Brookfield high schools.

 The Triton College Board of Trustees recognized these accomplishments during the November Monthly Board Meeting. School of Continuing Education Dean Paul Jensen and Center for Business and Professional Development Director Patricia Shields accepted the NCCET Exemplary Program award. Associate Dean of College Readiness Ric Segovia and math faculty member Roseanne Feltman accepted the Des Plaines Valley Region School/College Alliance Best Practices Award.  

Top Photo: “Workforce” (L-R)- Triton College Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Stephens; Associate Dean of College Readiness Ric Segovia; Math Faculty Roseanne Feltman; President Mary-Rita Moore.

Bottom Photo: Math Ready” (L-R)- Chairman Stephens; Center for Business and Professional Development Director Patricia Shields; School of Continuing Education Dean Paul Jensen; President Moore.


Visit Day December 3rd: Discover Real Opportunities at Triton’s College

tritonRiver Grove, Ill. – Don’t miss a great opportunity to see what Triton College has to offer during the fall 2016 College Visit Day.The event is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria, located on the west side of Triton’s campus, 2000 fifth Ave., River Grove.

During College Visit Day prospective students will:  

·         Learn about the college experience from admissions representatives, faculty and students.

·         Obtain information about Triton’s high quality programs.

·         Get the facts on funding your higher education from financial advisors.

·         Tour Triton’s beautiful campus.

·         And more!

The following programs will be hosting breakout sessions:

·         Engineering Technology

·         Health, Sport & Exercise Science

·         Biotechnology

·         Criminal Justice

·         Health Careers

·         University Transfer Programs

All prospective student attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a three-credit-hour class.

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

Some Day was Yesterday…Cubs Fever Hits Triton College

 It’s hard to go anywhere in the Chicagoland area these days without coming across droves of Cubs fans excited about the team’s historic playoff. Triton College is certainly no exception. The excitement hit fever pitch on campus after the Cubs clinched their first World Series championship in 108 years with a win over the Cleveland Indians in a breathtaking game seven.

 Students, staff and faculty members, several already decked out in Cubs championship gear, celebrated the historical accomplishment Thursday morning by raising a ‘W’ flag outside of the campus’ Learning Resource Center.

 “We raise the flag for our Chicago Cubs and for all of Chicago and of course the Triton College community,” Triton President Moore declared as she hoisted the flag, as the group broke out into a spontaneous rendition of Go Cubs Go.

 The occasion was particularly special for members of Triton’s baseball program who joined in on the celebration.

 Head Baseball Coach Harry Torgerson comes from a family of Cubs fans. His late father’s ashes are scattered on Wrigley Field, and two of his daughters have Cubs inspired names. Grace, named for former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, and Addison, named for the street on which Wrigley Field resides.

 Coach Torgerson said watching the Cubs throughout the playoffs was a bonding experience for his team.

 “The guys will be texting one another talking about the game, talking about different situations, what people do right – what people do wrong, so it’s a good education about how to play the game,” Torgerson said.

 Trojans sophomore pitcher Jack Hayes and sophomore catcher Anthony Tejeda also witnessed the W flag go up. Hayes, a Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate, also comes from a family of Cubs fans.

 “I watched game seven with my family,” Hayes said. “My grandpa, who passed away was a big Cubs fan. We left a seat open for him with a picture on it.”

 The Cubs championship was even more special for Hayes because they clinched the title on his 20th birthday.

 “I called it from the start that this series was going seven games,” he said.

 Before the Cubs provided this jolt of excitement on campus, Triton had already been steeped in proud baseball tradition.

 MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and former All-Star Lance Johnson are among the most well-known Triton baseball players. The program has produced a steady stream of major leaguers including Jeff Reboulet, Lou Collier and former Cubs pitchers Tom Gorzelanny and Justin Berg.

 The Trojans have appeared in the NJCAA World Series 11 times, finishing as national runners-up in 1993 and 1994.

 This spring, the team played its first season on a brand new field in Triton’s newly renovated East Campus Athletic Complex. The Trojans compiled an impressive 38-19 record en route to North Central Community College Conference (N4C) and Region IV Division I championships. Coach Torgerson was named both Region IV Division I and N4C Conference Coach of the Year.

(Left) Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore addresses onlookers before raising the W flag to celebrate the Cubs’ World Series Championship

(Right) (L-R) Triton sophomore catcher Anthony Tejeda, Head baseball coach Harry Torgerson and sophomore pitcher Jack Hayes.