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.


Triton’s Adult Education Programs Help Students Get Back on Track

BereniceBerenice Torres is living proof that even when it seems like all hope is lost, there is always someone there to help.

 The Melrose Park native struggled as a high school student, dropping out after her junior year.

 “I was constantly bullied to a point where I was contemplating hurting myself,” she said. “It wasn’t a safe environment for me to be in.”

 After dropping out, Berenice moved away from home, and worked 60 hours per week at a minimum wage job just to make ends meet. She knew it wasn’t sustainable, but was unsure how to get her life back on track.

 “It was horrible, I hated it,” she recalled.

 A few months later, Berenice’s mother encouraged her to move back home and enroll in Triton College’s High School Equivalency Program, formerly known as GED. Berenice flourished under the guidance of the staff and instructors of Triton’s School of Adult Education, earning her high school equivalency certificate in spring 2017.

 “I loved all the classes I took at Triton,” she said. “The teachers are really supportive, and there’s a smaller teacher to student ratio compared to other colleges so you’re able to talk to your professors more easily and ask more questions.”

 Now, Berenice is continuing her education as a student in Triton’s Nursing Program.  She is a recipient of both the Board of Trustees and Westlake Scholarships, which are available to students who successfully earn their high school equivalency completion certificate or complete level five of the English as a Second Language Program.

 “The scholarships are really helpful,” she says. “My parents don’t have a lot of money for me to go to school so without the scholarships I would have to work and study at the same time. I don’t think I would be able to work a full-time job and be a full-time student at the same time.”

 After Triton, Berenice plans to transfer to nearby Benedictine University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  

 Triton Adult Education Program helps hundreds of students like Berenice every semester. 

 The High School Equivalency Program offers various levels of language arts and math courses designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for their high school equivalency exam. Classes are offered throughout the year and are taught in both English and Spanish.

 Additionally, the Adult Education Program offers six levels of free English as a Second Language (ESL) courses designed to help non-native English speakers develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

 Triton also offers free classes to help members of our communities become American citizens by preparing them for the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) test.

 Triton’s Completion and Transition Specialists are ready to assist students as they navigate their road to educational and professional success by helping them lay out their academic and career goals, and craft a plan to help them achieve those goals. Additionally, adult education students can take advantage of Triton’s Bridge Program which helps them succeed in postsecondary education or transition into a career.

For more information or to enroll in one of Triton’s adult education programs, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3259 or 3513.

Photo: Berenice Torres of Melrose Park completed Triton College’s High School Equivalency Program in spring 2017. She is now enrolled in Triton’s Nursing Program.

Triton Alumni Give Back. Local Fire Stations and Schools Receive Over $48,000 in Local Grants to Enhance Community Safety.

IMG_1012By: Rachel K. Hindery

From left to right, Firehouse Subs Stone Park Franchisee Carmia Stanovich, Lieutenant Joe Tropea, Firefighter Richie Dalitto and Firefighter Justin Posner. The Melrose Park Fire Department received a $12,433 grant for new equipment from the Firehouse Subs Foundation. Stanovich is a Triton College Alumna.

By: Rachel K. Hindery

Firehouse Subs has expanded it’s philanthropy nationally, awarding more than $28 million in public safety grants to date, according the Firehouse Subs Foundation website,

As Hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf coast in September 2005, Kenneth Carling left with the first deployment of Illinois firefighters, serving for ten days amid the destruction. Twelve years later, Carling is a captain in the Hillside Fire Department.

Chris and Robin Sorensen, co-founders of the Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise, responded to Katrina’s wake in their own way, feeding survivors and those on the recovery’s front lines.

IMG_1021Firehouse Subs Area Representative Samuel Stanovich addresses grant recipients at a ceremony. Stanovich has taught the Introduction to Hospitality course at Triton College.

In a ceremony at Firehouse Subs at 3124 W. North Ave. in Stone Park, local fire stations and a school received more than $48,000 in grants to enhance their community’s safety. According to a Firehouse Subs press release, recipients were:

  • Franklin Park Fire Department: $4,178 for five gas meters to replace older meters.
  • Hillside Fire Department: $22,035 for extrication equipment.
  • Melrose Park Fire Department: $12,433 for new equipment which will be installed on their new fire engine.
  • Walther Christian Academy, Melrose Park: $9,718 for fire detection and alarm equipment in the gym and locker rooms.

During the Aug. 10 ceremony, grant recipients expressed thanks. Many noted that the grants allowed them to identify and overcome the specific needs or challenges of their community: protecting industrial areas in Franklin Park with more sensitive meters, or ensuring that motorists on Hillside’s highways are removed quickly after a car crash.

Many of the Firehouse Subs staff and grantees had connections to Triton College. Firehouse Subs Area Representative Samuel Stanovich, Firehouse Subs Stone Park Franchisee Carmia Stanovich, Carling and Melrose Park Assistant Fire Chief James Wrosch each have links to the Triton Trojans.

IMG_1058Captain Kenneth Carling is a Triton College alumnus, and serves in the Hillside Fire Department. The Hillside Fire Department received a $22,035 grant for extrication equipment from the Firehouse Subs Foundation.

Carmia Stanovich, in a March 2017 interview in Triton’s Fifth Avenue Journal, described how her time as both a student and Hospitality Industry Administration instructor segued to her career as a franchisee. “…The passion of the faculty and the real-world experiences they shared validated and continued to inspire my career to move forward in the industry,” Stanovich said.

Samuel Stanovich also recalls teaching the Introduction to Hospitality Course. His biggest motivation “…was the ability to give back to future generations of hospitality professionals,” Stanovich said.

Stanovich named other Triton professionals, such as Jerome Drosos, as an inspiration. For Stanovich, community colleges have benefits for students at each point in their vocation. “They can live, work and learn all in the same area as they develop their skills to figure out their future careers,” Stanovich said.

Wrosch expressed similar views, saying that a community college such as Triton is “a great local resource and community partner.” Wrosch and other local firefighters share their expertise with Triton. “We go to EMS [emergency medical services] advisory meetings at least twice a year,” Wrosch said, adding that fire department staff also serve as assistant proctors for the state fire marshal test.

IMG_1060Melrose Park Assistant Fire Chief James Wrosch attends Emergency Medical Services advisory meetings at Triton College and serves as an assistant proctor for the state fire marshal test. The Melrose Park Fire Department received a $12,433 grant for new equipment from the Firehouse Subs Foundation.

There’s always a demand for well-educated, well-rounded people in the fire service, and with Triton’s educational programs, various towns are receiving them,” Carling said. Carling emphasized that skills learned at Triton, where he earned an associate’s degree, stayed with him as he continued his education at Southern Illinois University. “Triton helped me get to that next level…It gave me a great educational foundation to go on and receive my bachelor’s degree,” Carling said.

Each grant recipient community is part of Triton’s district. “It’s always good to represent the towns in Triton’s district,” Carling said. As a longtime Hillside resident, “I grew up in the town that I serve and protect now.”

Diners can be part of Firehouse Subs funding through buying a used pickle jar or rounding up change for a meal. The restaurant will feature specials during October—National Fire Safety Month. For details, visit



“Overall, good jobs for workers with some college grew by 11 percent, while good jobs for those with associate degrees increased by a whopping 83 percent.”

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 9.13.22 AMCertificate and degree completion, in addition to transfer are among the major components of student success as defined at Triton and other peer institutions. In a recent research report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the study found, “Overall, good jobs for workers with some college grew by 11 percent, while good jobs for those with associate degrees increased by a whopping 83 percent.”  So, as the fall semester quickly approaches, we must continue to increase our support of students in achieving their goals.  The article with reference to the research report is linked.  here​  President’s Corner, August 10, 2017.