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

Triton’s Center for Health Professionals Introduces Four Brand New Fast-Track Programs

group22Are you a young adults looking to break into one of several growing health care fields?

Find plenty of options with the Triton College School of Continuing Education’s Center for Health Professionals (CECHP) Fast Track Certificate programs.

 This fall, Triton is adding FOUR BRAND NEW PROGRAMS that will quickly prepare you to succeed in high-demand positions within the medical field.  The new programs include:  

Medical Scribe– ONLINE

$35,720 annual median salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical scribes are the newest addition to the medical team. They are trained medical information managers specializing in charting physician-patient encounters during medical examinations. Medical scribes work directly with the provider or remotely. They enter patient information into an electronic health record in real time under the direction of a physician or independent practitioner.  

Course dates: Sept. 11 to Dec. 15, 2017  

Certified Computed Tomography Technologist – ONLINE

$58,960 annual median salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

This 16-hour online course prepares students to pass the ARRT certification exam to become a certified computed tomography technologist. Eligible candidates must already hold ARRT certification and registration in radiography, nuclear medicine technology (registration through NMTCB is also accepted), radiation therapy, meet ethics requirements, document clinical experience, and pass the ARRT certification and registration examination in computed tomography (CT). 

Course dates: Sept. 11 to Sept. 30, 2017


$35,530 annual median salary according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Optical Assistants are professionals who work alongside optometrists or ophthalmologists. The Optician training program prepares students to enter a growing profession in a variety of eye care settings and to sit for the National Opticianry Competency Exam (NOCE) offered through the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Students will learn how to assist with vision tests, demonstrate patient care for contact lenses, administrative tasks and patient records. Students will also gain experience with contact lenses fitting. 

Course dates: Sept. 11 to Dec. 15, 2017
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 IV Therapy

This course provides comprehensive information about intravenous therapy, including calculating intravenous flow rates and safe application to be applied in a licensed hospital, licensed skilled nursing facility and certified end-stage renal dialysis unit.

 Course dates: Dec. 11, 13 and 15, 2017
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 For more information or to enroll, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500, or email Center for Health Professionals Manager Katie Leonardo at

Triton Student Awarded $1,500 Scholarship in National Competition

By: Rachel K. Hindery

David Reese PhotoDavid Reese recalls the moment when he learned he had won a $1,500 scholarship fromthe Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation. “I was ecstatic when I first saw it,” Reese said. Reese, an industrial engineering student in his second year at Triton College, will use the scholarship for tuition and books this fall. Applicants wrote essays, described their courses and listed their GPAs. Each award also included a SolidWorks Corporation Student Design Kit CAD software package.

As excited as Reese is, Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs President Edward Youdell said he also appreciates rewarding students like Reese.  “We are pleased to award scholarshipsto these deserving students and are happy to assist them in reaching their academic goals,” Youdell said in a June 29 press release ( Describing a skilled manufacturing career as both “rewarding financially” and “fulfilling personally,” Youdell added that Reese and other students will meet the needs of American manufacturers.

For Reese, the best parts of engineering are its focuses on creativity, problem solving and teamwork. His older sister is also an inspiration. “She got into engineering first, and her mentor was my mentor. She got her master’s first.” After he graduates from Triton College with an associate’s degree in spring 2018, Reese plans to transfer to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. His favorite classes at Triton include a production class and a speech class.

Antigone Sharris, the department coordinator for Triton College’s Engineering Technology Department, told Reese about the scholarship opportunity. “…I greatly appreciate the support NBT gives to community college students. Students like David are the future leaders in our various manufacturing companies,” Sharris said. While at Triton, Reese has also earned the Adreani Foundation Scholarship and John Boyle Memorial Scholarship. Having experience applying for scholarships “…definitely gave me more confidence,” Reese said. “I thought, ‘just do it.’ It helped me know that I could get them.”

Reese is active both on campus and near his Maywood home. At Triton, he’s a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Chemistry Club and Bible Club, and remembers telling other students about Triton’s clubs at a back-to-school barbecue. Off campus, Reese can be found on the baseball or football field, cheering on the Chicago White Sox or watching a movie—“The Dark Knight” is his favorite. “When I’m more active with other stuff it keeps me more focused on studying, because I have something to do,” Reese said.

As a homeschooled student, Reese said he started developing the skills for college success at a young age. “It helped me mature more quickly,” Reese said of his homeschooling experience. He gained a familiarity with Triton College during his junior and senior year of high school by taking classes. Triton gave Reese the chance to save money before attending a university, while experiencing quality academics.

The Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation summer 2017 newsletter highlights scholarship winners from 2015 and 2016 who are continuing to show leadership in manufacturing ( Reese has his own advice for Triton College students pursuing their own academic and career goals. First, focus on financial aid, including scholarships. “Start out right and get your financial aid situated.” Second, focus on academics, which are often used to determine scholarships. “Study hard from the beginning, because it’s a lot better to start with a high GPA than bringing it up later.” As Triton students begin a new semester or study for a midterm, that’s helpful advice from a student who has already found success at Triton College.