Triton Awarded $650,000 Grant to Support Students Pursuing Geo-Engineering Careers


A new program at Triton College will provide scholarships, mentoring and other resources to students pursuing careers in geology, environmental science, engineering and related fields.

The GENIUS (Geo-Engineering Innovations through Undergraduate Scholarship) project is supported by a five-year grant of $650,000 through the National Science Foundations Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. Nearly $400,000 in grant funds will support student scholarships, with the remainder of the funds to cover equipment, research, mentoring and other support services.

“We are highly pleased to support the efforts of the faculty, Dr. Sheldon Turner & colleagues, and the Grants Office in the development of a relevant program of study with scholarship opportunities and resources for capable students to create positive, environmental impact within our communities” said Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore.

 The GENIUS project will help mitigate the regional need for more and better prepared geoscience and engineering technology graduates. The 10-year projected growth rate in Illinois for geo-engineering occupations is between 15 percent and 20 percent, which is substantially higher than the national average for all occupations.

“Theres a big workforce need,” said Triton College science professor Dr. Sheldon Turner, the grants principal investigator. “There is a growing number of environmental science jobs out there and we are excited to take the lead on preparing students to succeed in tho

se roles.”

Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, academically talented students demonstrating a financial need will receive a full tuition scholarship, along with intensive mentoring and coaching from Tritons expert faculty and staff. The program includes partnerships with area high schools, four-year colleges, and environmental and industry groups to involve students in hands-on projects that will demonstrate the importance of geo-engineering careers.

“The main thing were looking for is really motivated, high achieving students who have a financial need.

“We do want to get them early so we can help them through the whole program, Dr. Turner said.”

GENIUS program completers will be prepared to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelors degree, or succeed in careers in which theyll help protect water resources and address other environmental issues.

The skills and knowledge gained in the environmental science program will be attractive to the myriad of environmental remediation firms and environmentally focused nonprofit organizations within the Chicagoland area.

“One of the big things in the Chicago area is finding all of the leaking tanks left behind by closed factories and gas stations and getting them out of the ground to protect our groundwater, as well as our rivers and Lake Michigan,” said Dr. Turner

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science and serves as a funding source for nearly a quarter of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

Students interested in enrolling in the GENIUS program should contact Dr. Sheldon Turner at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3008, or email for more information.


Photo Above: Triton College Science Professor Dr. Sheldon Turner was the principal investigator for the NSA grant.


Blood Drive/Registries at Triton College

Help Save a Life on Oct. 26

 You have the power to save a life. Triton College is hosting a blood drive, marrow registry and organ and tissue donor registry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Triton College campus in the Student Center Cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 26.   

 Heartland – Blood Drive – Donors will receive a $5 Subway gift card!

 Become a Hero by participating in Triton College’s Health Services Blood Drive, hosted by Heartland Blood Center on the driveway, outside of the Student Center Cafeteria.  You should know that by donating your blood and time you will help to save the lives of cancer patients, critically ill newborn’s, severely burned patient’s, organ transplant patients, accident victims and many more who have illnesses requiring blood products. Your single blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. Walk-ins are welcome.

 You will need one of the following items with your name and photo as a form of identification: student I.D., work I.D., state I.D., driver’s license or passport. Prior to donating blood, it’s important to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water!

 Please share this information with your colleagues, students, friends, and family and encourage them to donate blood. To schedule an appointment, call Heartland at 800-786-4483 or visit

 Life Goes On – Organ and Tissue Donor Registry

 Take a powerful step towards helping to save and improve the lives of others, by enrolling in the Illinois Donor Registry, hosted by: Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ and Tissue Donor Program in the Student Center Cafeteria.

 The need for organ donors has never been greater. In the United States, there are more than 114,000 people currently in need of organ transplants. And each year, thousands of people die while waiting for a transplant, because no suitable donor can be found for them. But you can help!  Registering to be an organ donor is a charitable act that costs nothing. One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 25 people.

Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. For more information on the Organ and Tissue Donor Program please call 1-800-210-2106 or go online to

 Be The Match – Marrow Registry

 You have the power to heal, the power to save a life.  Take the first step and join the Marrow Registry, hosted by:  Be The Match in the Student Center Cafeteria.

 Every year, thousands of patients are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases. On any given day, more than 6000 patients worldwide are searching for a donor. Only 25-30% of patients stricken with leukemia and other blood-related diseases can find a match within their family, the other 70-75% of the patients depend on the stem cell donation of a complete stranger to save their lives.

 Recent advances in transplantation technology that use peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection—a safe and non-invasive way of collecting lifesaving stem cells from a donor–has given patients hope, and has saved thousands of patients.  

 You could be the one to save a life.  All you have to do is get your cheek swabbed, so your cells can be tested to see if they match the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type of a patient waiting for a donor.  Then they will place you on their donor list.  When you’re a match, you’ll be called to help save someone’s life.

 Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. To join, you only need to be between the ages of 18 and 60, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines.   For more information on the Marrow Registry please call 1 (800) Marrow-2 or go online at or contact Anna Bialach  847-260-2713 or

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.