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Annual Report 2010/2011

Tr i t o n

Mark R. Stephens Chairman

Donna L. Peluso Vice Chairwoman

Diane Viverito Secretary

C o l l e g e

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Irene Moskal Del Giudice

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Thomas Gary

Tr u s t e e s

Elizabeth Potter

Glenn A. Stam

Isiah Brandon Student Trustee

Contents Message from President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 The Power of Transfer Study

Faculty Instilling a “Can-Do” Attitude In Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-13

Taking Successful First Steps Toward Further Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

2010-2011 Faculty and Administrators’ Accomplishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Discovering the Science of Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Reaching Out to Business and Industry Through Workforce Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

The Power of Non-Traditional Study

Promoting Student Success at All Ages Through Community Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17

Cooking Up a Recipe for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Institutional Initiatives and Achievements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-19

Whipping Up Success Too Good to Be Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

New Programs Under Development Offer Many Options for Successful Careers . . . . . . . . . . . . .20-21

The Power of Adult Education Plugged into Learning Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The Power of Continuing Education Achieving Beyond Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Athletics Modeling Success One Win at a Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Student Life Uniting a Diverse Campus for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Starting in the Right Place at the Right Time for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 President’s Leadership Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Alumni Moving Beyond Course Completion to Career Satisfaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Paying Success Forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Overcoming Obstacles and Running Toward Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Triton College Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Financial Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Success Benchmarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover

A Message from...

partners who stand out because of their achievements, but also because they represent many, many more people at Triton who have similar success stories to tell. Wherever you look,

Dr. Patricia Granados

success is evident throughout our campus and also beyond its physical boundaries. Someone once said, “It takes a village to raise a child.� Based on experience, I know that it


often takes an entire community to create the kind of lasting success that touches the lives of people of all ages. At Triton College, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a host of individu-

In the midst of economic turbulence occurring throughout the U.S.

als on and off campus who share our mission and make it possible for us to continue our quest

during the past year, Triton College has forged ahead, reaffirming its

on behalf of students. As I begin the second decade of my presidency, I know there is much

unwavering commitment to student success and service to our

work yet to accomplish and I am highly confident that we will continue to be as successful as

community. As it has for almost fifty years, our campus served as a comfortable port in the

we have been in years past. Our community depends upon us and we will rise to the challenge

storm for individuals challenged by unemployment, stretched finances, and other obstacles

as we always have, even as barriers may be encountered along the way. On behalf of the

resulting from the recession. Faculty, staff, and administrators banded together to find

board of trustees, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Triton College, I encourage

solutions, determined to make student success possible in many different life-changing ways.

you to experience the power of success documented throughout this annual report, a positive

This annual report showcases the extraordinary nature of the power of success as it grew and

impact we strive to achieve every day.

multiplied over the past year. You will read about students, faculty, alumni, and organizational


Taking Successful First Steps Toward Further Education Cristian Barrero Transfer Student

“A successful person realizes his personal responsibility for selfmotivation. He starts with himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch.” Kemmons Wilson, Founder, Holiday Inn Hotels

Cristian Barrero holds the value of an education in the highest regard – a quality instilled in him by his mother and her experience in pursuit of a better life for her family. His thirst for knowledge is insatiable, made evident by his educational pursuits which have led to his success in the computer design industry. When Barrero was 17 years old, his mother moved him and his siblings from Colombia, South America to the United States for its abundant educational and career opportunities. He adjusted quickly to America’s hectic culture and learned just as quickly the secrets to being successful here. Barrero worked a full-time job (sometimes two), helped out with his younger siblings at home in Franklin Park and took English as a Second Language and credit courses at Triton College. “Learning English was my number one goal when I came here,” Barrero said. “Working most of the time, I needed to know some English to speak to customers, and eventually move up in my field.” Barrero received his associate’s degree in computer design from Triton, and then completed his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. At age 28, he’s currently pursuing his master’s degree at IIT, with the goal of starting his own product design company. “In this country, I’ve learned that you have options and achieving success is an option for me here,” he said. Having the scheduling flexibility to continually work fulltime jobs while attending school afforded Barrero the ability to pay his tuition without loan assistance. Barrero continues to seek out even more challenging opportunities as he strives to learn all he can to become one of the most knowledgeable persons in his field and beyond. “You can never stop learning things,” he said. “My goal is to keep going to school, keep taking classes, keep learning – even if it’s not in the engineering world. It’s very rewarding to go to school and learn something new every day. There’s always something new to learn.”

Discovering the Science of Success Ashley Ochoa Transfer Student If the infamous apple hadn’t fallen from its tree, would Sir Isaac Newton have formulated his theory of gravitation? Some of the brightest minds need a little assistance to propel them toward success and Ashley Ochoa got her “push” at Triton College. Graduating with a 3.94 GPA she credits Triton’s Math Center for her success. Wanting to pursue an associate’s degree in science, Ochoa knew she had to understand pre-calculus and calculus. “I can honestly say that if I hadn’t gone for tutoring in the math center, I would not have been successful.” Set to graduate in spring 2011, Ochoa passionately wanted to go on for her bachelor’s degree but wasn’t sure how to afford the tuition. One day while Ochoa was sitting in her chemistry class, English Department Chair Dr. Michael Flaherty stopped by with news that she had won a scholarship to attend Elmhurst College. Ochoa had applied for the scholarship through Triton College’s Scholars Program, a two-year program for academically talented in-district students who plan to earn an associate’s degree in arts or sciences and transfer to selective colleges and universities. “When it comes to financing my schooling, I’m solely responsible, so it was definitely a deciding factor,” Ochoa said of the scholarship. She added that she already knew she wanted to attend Elmhurst College after touring the campus, but the scholarship was “like the cherry on top.” Ochoa is currently studying biology with a minor in chemistry. Upon completing of her bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy for a doctoral degree so she can work in pharmaceutical oncology. She chose this area after watching her mother, a breast cancer survivor, undergo treatment. She said, “Triton helped me to build my confidence and really set the pace for me to accomplish my goals.” 2010-2011 Transfer Student

• 18.5 percent of students entering Triton in 2007 successfully transferred to another school in the past year.

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Cooking Up a Recipe for Success Robert Garcia Non-Traditional Student Chef Robert Garcia has discovered that the secret ingredient to success is to love what you do because what you do for a living isn’t work but rather a joy. Garcia possesses a passion and talent for cooking, something he had always considered to be a hobby. He never thought of it as a career option until he was forced to make a career change after being laid off from a construction company. “After losing my job, I thought ‘Besides breaking concrete, what else would I like to do?’ Cooking immediately came to mind.” Garcia pursued Triton College’s culinary arts program at the suggestion of his sister who is a Triton alumnus. As a dislocated worker, Garcia received financial assistance toward his tuition through Triton’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and began taking courses toward his culinary arts certificate, which he received in December 2010. The hospitality industry administration program taught Garcia about food sanitation, safety and nutrition. He also learned how to bake with chocolate from instructors who encouraged him to work hard. “The hands-on training and life skills we learned in class prepared me for my career,” he said. “I got all the training I needed.” Garcia interned at the Portage restaurant in Chicago and, upon graduating from Triton, he encountered interest from the Westin, Hyatt and the Hilton hotels in Chicago, and a lodge in Alaska. Garcia is currently employed as a cook with one of the busiest Whole Foods markets in Chicago. Garcia’s experience at Triton has fueled his intention to “climb up the corporate ladder” at Whole Foods or become an executive chef. But for now, Garcia is living the dream, cooking up a storm in the kitchen for others who heartily enjoy his culinary talents. “I took advantage of the culinary arts program and I feel that it has paid off. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Triton College helping me to get there. I’m where I want to be and it feels great,” he said.



Whipping Up Success Too Good to be Two Melissa Miller and Philip Pomykalski Non-Traditional Students When Melissa Miller and Philip Pomykalski enrolled in the Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) program at Triton to get their degrees, little did they know that they also would find their soul mates. Miller discovered Triton’s HIA program while researching schools where she could master the technical aspects of creating bakery products. Unsure about his culinary talent, Phil was happy to learn that he could test his skills in a program close to home without being burdened by the high cost of tuition elsewhere, yet could still work in the industry while attending classes. The two budding chefs got to know each other amid the skillets and mixing bowls and married upon graduating with associate’s degrees. Today, Miller owns her own business in Evanston, Cream Cake Company, which has become well-known for its mouth-watering, decadent cakes. Pomykalski is currently the executive chef at Bravo! Cucina Italiana restaurant and is working toward becoming a District Chef responsible for numerous restaurants owned by the parent company. Juggling two careers in the culinary industry and their personal life can be challenging, admits Pomykalski. “The restaurant industry is much harder than most people think. But the amount of hard work you put in has a direct impact on how successful you will be.” Miller feels she handles the pressure effectively because of what she learned at Triton. “Triton taught me how to prioritize. I haven’t taken on more than I want to do or can do.” The couple keeps in touch with the program’s faculty whom, they said, inspired them to work hard and grow as professional chefs. “Triton gives you the opportunity to learn and a strong foundation to be fully equipped to get a good job.”

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

Plugged into Learning Success

Booket T. Washington, American educator, author and orator

Juanita Valdez Adult Education Three certificates documenting Juanita Valdez’s quest for success hang on the wall of her electronic repair shop. The certificates earned at Triton College in Computer Maintenance; A+ Microcomputer Technician; and Electronics Technology are displayed out of pride. “When people come into the shop and see my certifications, they are more confident in my work and my business,” she said. “I love working with computers and offering my services to the community.” Learning English and getting her GED played a big part in Valdez’s plan to succeed. After immigrating from Peru, Valdez began taking English as a Second Language classes at Nuevos Horizontes in Melrose Park. She earned her GED, then completed citizenship classes and a Bilingual Office Assistant program. Valdez and her husband took Triton’s Computer Maintenance program together before pursuing additional certificates in computer programming. “The (computer) classes helped provide a look at what’s inside a computer and how to fix various problems,” she said. “We also took a customer service course, which helped us communicate with our customers.” Currently, Valdez is studying Web Technology at Triton. “I have accomplished so much and continue to learn because there is always something new.” Valdez and her husband started their business out of their home, before opening a storefront in Cicero. The couple also owns a location in Melrose Park plus a supermarket in Cicero and would like to open more stores. “Our customers are our number one priority,” Valdez said. “We need the knowledge and skills to better serve them so they’ll keep coming back to our business, and tell others about us.”

2010-2011 Adult Education


• Introduction of new keyboarding class, including Saturday session, to prepare students with basic computer skills to take the online college placement test. • Appointment of Robert Reimer as Student Success Strategist to guide students in transitioning to credit bearing programs. • Implementation of “grass-roots” marketing approach for student recruitment, including flyer distribution within the district.


Achieving Beyond Limits Amanda Schultz Continuing Education Fear almost got the best of Amanda Schultz on her first day at Triton College. She can remember her mother stopping the car to drop her off, yet Schultz was terrified to open the door. “I felt the need to turn around and go home,” she said. “It was scary not knowing what the experience would be like. And I didn’t know if people would make fun of me or my condition.” Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1, Schultz is speech impaired and has limited mobility. However, she never let her disability keep her from achieving her goals, and she wasn’t going to let it start that first day. Schultz has persistently returned to Triton for various classes on and off over the past 13 years to continue her education and has taken advantage of every opportunity to succeed. She currently holds an associate’s degree in general studies, is pursuing a certificate in medical billing and coding as a potential career, and also would like to attend a fouryear university to achieve her bachelor’s degree.

During her time at Triton, Schultz has utilized the Math Center for tutoring, the Academic Success Center and the Center for Access and Accommodative Services which supports students who have a medical, physical, sensory or learning disability. “Knowing that I had that extra help available is what kept me going and helped me achieve success,” she said. Schultz reflects on her overall experience growing up with a disability as one which required confidence in herself despite what others said. She repeatedly heard comments from naysayers, telling her she couldn’t do this or accomplish that because of the limitations of her disability. “Don’t let other people tell you that you can’t,” she said as a lesson learned. “Keep trying. I don’t care how many times you have to do it, just do it. I proved that I could do more than what people expected of me, and I believe that’s what my success is.”

2010-2011 Center for Access and Accommodative Services


• Purchased software to assist students with writing papers and improving short-term memory skills. • Added professional staff positions to process student documentation, meet with students, mentor and provide training and workshop sessions. • Conducted seminar on traumatic brain injury and its effect on students who return to school.

Modeling Success One Win at a Time Steve Christiansen Head basketball coach Athletics The Triton College men’s basketball team had a record-breaking season under current head coach Steve Christiansen. Their 31-win total was the most in school history and was the first time a Triton team reached the 30-win plateau. The Trojans won the Region IV District A championship en route to a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, Triton’s best ever at nationals. Christiansen was named the District 4 Coach-of-the-Year, Region IV District A Coachof-the-Year and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Junior College, Division II Coach-of-the-Year in 2011. In seven seasons, Christiansen has compiled a record of 165-61 and attributes his coaching success to his parents and coaches who provided him with a solid framework. “I was blessed to be raised by two parents who understood the value of discipline, hard work and education,” Christiansen said. “After that, I played for an outstanding coach in high school and had the opportunity to grow as a coach under him once I finished my schooling.” Christiansen has worked hard to apply these same values not only to his basketball players but to all Triton student-athletes as Athletic Academic Coordinator. “I want all of our student-athletes to know that I will always be there for them and will do whatever I can to help motivate and guide their respective careers,” Christiansen said. “A quality education like that awarded at Triton is a critical step in their development.” “Real success is finding your life’s work in the work that you love.”

2010-2011 Athletics

Highlights David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, historian and lecturer

• 2010 Division III Men’s Soccer - Region IV Champions - District Champions - N4C Conference Champions • Coach Tom Cholewa named Region IV Coach-of-the-Year • 2011 Division I Baseball Region IV Third Place

Uniting a Diverse Campus for Success Program Board, Office of Student Life After each event produced by the Triton College Program Board, the members challenge themselves to improve in anticipation of their next activity. From Triton traditions like the Corn Roast and Movie on the Mounds to participation in the Fall Family Fun Fest, the club seeks innovative ways to bring campus and community together. It’s a practice that appears to be working, as the Program Board was recognized by Triton College as the 2010-2011 Organization of the Year. President Christopher Smith sees the Dare to FACE award as testimony to the value of the Program your FUTURE Board as it continues to grow and work tirelessly to create a positive campus climate, celebrate diversity and provide service to the community. Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 “We have had a hand in many of the events here on campus,” he said. “We’re like the Marines of Student Life, first in - last out.” One of the characteristics of successful people is their ability to solve unexpected problems while keeping their goals in mind, something the members of the Program Board learned early on when it selected “Terminator Salvation” for its first Movie on the Mounds event. After a disappointing turnout of only 20 people, the Program Board decided to rethink its movie selections and from then on, chose more family-friendly movies fresh out of the theaters and not yet available on DVD. Today, they boast a turnout of about 500 people, many from the community, for the free event. “It’s a blaring success, and we’re only getting better,” Smith said, mentioning the addition of a raffle to the festivities. A student club as diverse as Triton’s campus, the Program Board plans 20 to 30 events each academic year, usually working a semester in advance. Overseen by Dean Quincy Martin III, the 20-to-25 member club also offers event planning services and supplies to other Triton departments. Vice President Ricardo Ascencio said the 2010-2011 academic year featured events that were more than just fun and games but generated on-campus awareness of such important subjects as HIV and breast cancer. “A lot of the times when we put on events, we try to incorporate an educational component,” he said. Whether focused on education or simply providing a good time, the Program Board serves as a model for student success in more ways than one. 9

“The Program Board recognizes that each student’s opportunity to learn extends beyond the classroom. It affords its members and the campus community the ability to enjoy an engaging, meaningful, and vibrant campus life.”

Instilling a “Can-Do” Attitude in Students Dubravka Juraga, PhD Reference Librarian, Faculty Member

“I try to encourage and assure them that, as college students, they can do the work.”

Adapting to the U.S. upon her arrival from Yugoslavia as a Fulbright Scholar should have been easy. Even though Dubravka Juraga had already earned a college degree—the first person in her family to do so—she encountered first-hand the bewilderment many newcomers face when navigating a new culture and learning how to do simple things, such as paying an electric bill. This experience profoundly influenced her understanding of how difficult college can be for students of different backgrounds, and shaped her perspectives on the role she plays in student success. “Students can be intimidated and nervous until they become comfortable in a new culture or in a new environment. I broaden their horizons by showing them how the library, its books, databases, and other resources we have can help them achieve their educational goals.” In addition to her outpost at the Library’s reference desk, Juraga successfully combines her passion for helping students with her enthusiasm for information technology and the Internet. For over a decade, Juraga has been actively involved in bridging the digital divide, including working for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Library Program) in New York and developing online resources about what the Triton library has to offer. She created and now manages the library’s Facebook page, writes a library blog, and has developed a series of LibGuides (a Web 2.0 content management tool) that provides virtual gateways to high-quality resources on various topics for students and faculty. Now marking her fourth year at Triton, Juraga believes the assistance Triton offers beyond the classroom makes a huge impact on students’ success. “What we offer comes at the beginning of their professional life. We are laying the foundation for their future accomplishments. We are here to make it possible for them to succeed.”

Gabriel Guzman, PhD Microbiology Faculty Early in his college career, Gabriel Guzman flunked physics and was discouraged from becoming a scientist because he was told that he didn’t have the “brains” for it. Determined to fulfill his lifelong dream, Guzman not only retook and passed physics but later earned advanced degrees in biochemistry at the Karolinska Institute and, as a research scientist, studied metabolic diseases and nutritional biochemistry all over the world. Joining Triton’s faculty in 2007, Guzman strongly advocates for student success, asserting, “We are all college material. We just have to find out what we like.” He is committed to preparing students for the world through science. “My job is to show students that curiosity is the first thing they need to enjoy science and that science has a positive role in providing answers to society’s problems.” Over the past year, Guzman has spearheaded the remodeling of Triton’s microbiology labs to support 21st century skill development. Gone are the long tables where students performed lab activities side by side in isolation. In their place are computer-equipped stations that motivate students to collaborate, solve problems, and practice digital literacy skills. Guzman focuses on creating a positive learning atmosphere right from the start. On the first day instead of reviewing the course syllabus, he dramatically tears it up to grab students’ attention and facilitates a discussion about strategies for doing well in his class. “I tell students that they start with an A and it’s their job to keep it. They will finish with an A unless they decide they don’t want to work for it and give it their best.” Reflecting on the value that Triton College offers, Guzman points out that the word “tritón” in Spanish means newt, a frog-like amphibian that lives in the water most of its life. “Just like a tritón, students don’t have to go far from home to better themselves and get a good education. It’s right here at Triton College.” 2010-2011 Science Lab Renovations


“My vision is that people will say ‘If you want to take microbiology, you have to go to Triton.’”

• New hoods installed in chemistry classrooms.


“What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?” Marcus T. Cicero, Roman philosopher and statesman

Christine Dewey Chairperson, Counseling Department A Triton graduate who is now furthering her education at a state university described the contribution Chris Dewey makes to students’ success in this way: “I’m very excited to go on and pursue my dreams and know it’s possible because of you and your guidance. You never lost faith in me, even when I lost faith in myself. You made me realize my potential. Without you, I never would have understood that it’s what inside me that matters. You’re a huge part of the reason I am the person I am today.”

Over the past year, Dewey and her staff have been working diligently to reach similar breakthroughs with other students and make Triton’s counseling center a warm, welcoming place. Seeing herself as more than just a resource for course scheduling and troubleshooting, she focused on providing the part-time counseling staff with professional development in 2010-2011 to ensure that they continue to work effectively with students. “We don’t always realize the impact we make on students’ lives,” she said. “With that comes a responsibility to do our jobs thoroughly. We need to learn more about our students so we can help fix their problems without making incorrect assumptions about why the problems occurred.” Dewey served as a Triton instructor and advisor before assuming her current role three years ago. In describing Triton’s value to the community, she notes,

“A school like Triton that has an open-door policy gives people a second chance they might not have at other colleges or universities. They can gain the skills to be successful, and its affordability is a big plus.” The sentiment expressed by this graduate indicates that Dewey’s value to Triton extends well beyond this. “I’ll never forget you and hope you keep on helping other struggling students because, speaking from experience, they need someone to believe in them.”

“I tell students that they are heroes and when they put their minds to it, they can do anything.”

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren, American poet, writer, and scholar

Joseph Beuchel Biology Faculty To Joe Beuchel, environmental responsibility isn’t something you just talk about, a realization that students quickly discover in his courses. Beuchel has devoted the past five years to sensitizing Triton students to the biological aspects of the world around them, a key factor, he believes, in helping them successfully achieve their personal and career goals. Lab activities enable students to literally “get their hands dirty” by examining soil, sampling water, and testing outside air quality. Over the past year, Beuchel has successfully adopted in-class technology to intensify student engagement, including videos, interactive quizzes, and virtual labs. “I’ve also used electronic student response devices, or clickers, which encourage each student to assume more accountability for their class participation.” Two years ago, Beuchel embarked upon a multi-year project to restore a plot of campus land to its natural prairie-like state. Students raked up old grass, planted

2010-2011 Greening the Campus Committee


• Variety of events held for staff, faculty and community in April 2011 as part of Sustainability Month.

native seeds, grew other plants in the greenhouse and are now getting ready for a burn this fall to prepare the garden for spring planting. Beuchel also heads up the college’s Earth Day and Earth Month activities to expand environmental awareness among the rest of the Triton community. Although Beuchel attributes his own professional success to learning experiences and mentors at St. Norbert College and Ohio State University, he feels that Triton offers comparably higher value to students due to its small classes, personal attention from faculty, and exposure to people of different backgrounds. “The diversity on Triton’s campus provides important insights into other people, their lifestyles, outlooks, and experiences. This can be very useful to students as they pursue their future careers.”

“I’m always thinking about what it takes to get students interested, passionate and knowledgeable, to understand why biology is important.”

“Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.”

2010-2011 Faculty and Administrators’ Accomplishments

Fernando Flores, Chilean engineer and entrepreneur


Conference Presentations/Publications

• Debra Baker, Ophthalmic Technician Program Coordinator: Committee on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (CoA-OMP)

• Peggy Murnighan, Julie Gilbert, and Bill Griffin, Business: Presenters at American

• Mary Bielski, CNE Associate Degree Nursing: Ambassador to the National League for Nursing (NLN)

• Christina Brophy, History: Presented a paper at the 2011 International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies

• Elizabeth Collins, History and Humanities, Social Sciences, Ched Pagtakhan, Hospitality Industry Administration, Jennifer Burkett, Mathematics, Larry McGhee Sr., Counseling, and Dubravka Juraga, Library: Granted tenure

• Pat Knol, History: Accepted to present a paper at the 2011 Great Lakes History Conference to be held in October 2011

• William Justiz, Criminal Justice: Reviewer for Emergency Care, 12th Edition (Limmer, O'Keefe, Grant and Murray) • Joan Libner, Nursing: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Board of Nursing • Pat Zinga, Financial Aid: Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce • Amanda Turner, Admissions: Maywood Chamber of Commerce • Deborah Baness-King, Dean, Academic Success: Member, West40 Governing Board; Parliamentarian, Illinois Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel

Awards and Professional Recognition • Joseph Beuchel, Biology; Lorelei Carvajal, Psychology; and Joan Libner, Nursing: National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) awards • Steve Christiansen, Coach, Men’s Basketball and adjunct in Physical Education: Region Coach of the Year. National Junior College Athletic Association

Association of Community Colleges (ACC) Conference

• Pat Zinga, Financial Aid: Presented at Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: How Community Colleges Confront Change: Best Practices • Amanda Turner, Admissions: Presented at National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Assessment and Persistence Conference: Does Orientation Really Increase Persistence? ...A Community College Perspective Contributed a chapter in the book, Support Systems and Services for Diverse Populations: Considering the Intersection of Race, Gender, and the Needs of Black Female Undergraduates. The chapter was titled African American Women in Community Colleges: Overcoming Challenges and Seizing Opportunities • Jamie Brisco Ricks and Johnny Urbina, Student Services: Presented a session at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) • Quincy Martin III, Student Services: Presented a session at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) conference: Pathways to the Top: Preparation of Senior Student Affairs Officers for the Presidency • Quincy Martin III, Student Services and Doug Olson, Student Affairs: Submitted an article that was accepted to the Journal of Technology in Student Affairs: College Cyberbullying: The Virtual Bathroom Wall

• Renee Wright, English, and Mary Bielski, CNE Associate Degree Nursing: Outstanding Faculty of the Year • Marie Farber-Lapidus, Business and Robert Wiar, Philosophy: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year

Marie Farber-Lapidus

Robert Wiar

Ched Pagtakhan

Larry McGhee

Elizabeth Collins 14

Dubravka Juraga

Jennifer Burkett

Mary Bielski

Joan Libner

Reaching Out to Business and Industry Through Workforce Development 2010-2011 Workforce Development Clients

Museum of Science and Industry One of the nation’s premier science learning centers, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago features more than 35,000 artifacts and 700 hands-on exhibits hosting nearly 325,000 student visits and one million total visitors annually. Behind the scenes, the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits rely heavily on electrical technology. Malfunctions often close down the exhibits affected, creating an immediate negative impact on visitors. Triton College helped the museum overcome this challenge, beginning in April 2011, by developing and delivering Basic and Advanced Electrical Technology training to approximately 40 staff members. They learned how to accurately troubleshoot technical problems, perform repairs, and schedule activities to minimize exhibit downtime during operating hours. Roger Harris, the museum’s Senior Manager of Exhibit Maintenance, reports that a major value of the partnership with Triton has been increased attention to safety best practices in electrical circuitry. According to Paul Rotatori, MSI Training and Development Manager, Triton went above and beyond its responsibilities by assisting the museum in submitting the application for the Federal grant which ultimately paid for the training. He described the post-training feedback as “… quite positive. The instructors set up real-life opportunities on the museum floor for the staff to gain practice in troubleshooting exhibits which was very helpful.”

Alberto Culver Arlington Park Racetrack ASAP Transport American Pride Security Service American Society of Quality (ASQ) Cook County Public Defender DePaul University Dynamic Manufacturing Follett Higher Education Group Illinois Department of Transportation Jewel Local 399 Stationary Engineers Mannheim School District #83 Master Spring & Wire Form Museum of Science & Industry Navistar Ohio League for Nursing PACE Suburban Bus Service Proviso Township Mental Health Riverside Brookfield High School Scholle Packaging Vision of Restoration

“Our business life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves … to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today, to do our work with more focus than ever before.” Stewart B. Johnson, British artist 15

Promoting Student Success at All Ages through Community Partnerships Village of Riverside Intergovernmental Agreement Designated as a National Historic Landmark community, the Village of Riverside entered into a unique partnership with Triton’s Horticulture program in 2011. Coursework in landscape design, construction, and maintenance is now strengthened with clinical opportunities for students to develop their skills in the real-world setting of Riverside, known for its design by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. With the Village serving as an outdoor learning lab, Spring semester students built their knowledge of pruning principles by trimming young trees and walked Scottswood Common with Mike Collins, Chief Forester, to learn how landscaping and maintenance is preserving the design and principles espoused by Olmstead. “We are fortunate to have an internationally renowned community developed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead in our district,” said Antoinette Baldin, Dean, Business and Technology. “This partnership provides wonderful opportunities to enhance the learning experiences for our horticulture students.” This partnership will branch out in the future to address other areas if Village President Michael C. Gorman has his way. He and Judith Cizek, Chair of the Riverside Historical Commission, want to incorporate the Riverside Historical Commission and Museum into the college’s Arts & Sciences curriculum and discussions are underway to bring Triton’s architecture students to Riverside to work on a municipal building design project. In turn, Village of Riverside employees are taking arboriculture classes at Triton this fall and Collins will be providing input into Triton’s new Sustainable Agriculture curriculum. Said Gorman, “Needless to say, I am excited by the possibility of other opportunities for the Village of Riverside to work with Triton College.”


“Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.” Helen Keller, Author, political activist and lecturer

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company

K-8 School Partnerships STEM Fair Triton’s commitment to community and student success supports students at all levels to be ready for college-level work and their future careers. Taking its cue from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation which view career preparation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as important keys to U.S. global competitiveness, Triton College hosted the first STEM Fair for district students in Spring, 2011. More than 170 young participants came together in a day-long exploration of careers and the high demand there will be for qualified individuals. Students also learned about the classes they will need to succeed in college and to be hired for STEM-related jobs. Rave reviews from these budding scientists revealed the fair’s positive impact: “The chemistry show was really cool. I want to learn some science and do the tricks.”--Kevin N. “The crime scene was fun because I like to solve mysteries. I liked working with my group and using the microscopes to look at the hair.” --Hadassah M. “I want to know more about chemistry. I would love to go again.” --Giselle D.

Commenting on the value of this school partnership, teacher Jason T. Richardson of Hester Junior High School in Franklin Park remarked, “Although many of our students are excited about science, Triton’s partnership has motivated them to think about possible STEM careers and talk excitedly about becoming nurses, engineers, and forensic scientists. As they enter high school, Triton’s work will ensure that more students will take four years of science and math. ”

Early College Awareness Program (ECAP) Reinforcing its priority on college readiness, Triton College kicked off the first Early College Awareness Program (ECAP) for middle school students from local school districts in November. Designed to introduce students to the collegiate road to success and emphasize the importance of setting future goals, more than 50 participants learned about the various types of institutions they can choose from for higher education. They also took an interactive tour of the Triton campus and visited several academic career areas which had prepared presentations and activities for students’ hands-on involvement. According to Kathleen Porreca, principal of Elm Middle School in Elmwood Park, “Our students came back from the ECAP program excited about college. They enjoyed being treated like young adults throughout the day of activities. A number of them told me that the day at Triton made them think seriously, for the first time, about their future educational and career options.”









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Institutional Initiatives and Achievements • Named to GI Jobs magazine’s list of military-friendly schools and recognized for providing military scholarships, affordable tuition, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and scheduling flexibility through online, evening, and weekend courses.

Fall Semester, 2010 • Awarded initial $2 million grant from the State of Illinois Capital Development Board for complete renovation of Technology Building to upgrade learning spaces for Science and Health careers programs. • Awarded $1.1 million, five-year Student Support Services grant from U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Trio Program to provide academic and support services to lowincome, first-generation or disabled college students to increase completion and graduation rates. • Developed Pre-Career Academies (PreHealth Careers, Pre-Electronic Technician) to facilitate transition of ESL and GED students into certificate and degree programs. • Hosted Educational Partners Reception to celebrate Triton’s collaboration with local school leaders. 1

Recognized Village of Elmwood Park in Honor Day event. • Instituted mandatory placement testing and restructured Developmental Education curriculum to improve college readiness and better prepare students to succeed.


Held first Automotive Technology Alumni Reception and joint alumni reception with Benedictine University to acknowledge the academic achievements of Triton graduates.


• Celebrated Sustainability Month hosted by the Greening the Campus committee.

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Community Colleges CEO and associates as one of ten stops on their 21st Century Initiative Listening Tour to discuss issues confronting community colleges.

Signed Dual Degree program agreement with Governor’s State University (GSU) to facilitate completion of associate degree at Triton and seamless transition to bachelor’s program at GSU.


Celebrated re-opening of Nuevos Horizontes building in Melrose Park.


Hosted Fall Family Fun Fest at Botanical Gardens on Triton’s East campus.


Honored Westlake Hospital CEO M. Patricia Shehorn and City of Northlake Mayor Jeffrey T. Sherwin at the 18th Annual President's Reception.

Held Alumni event for Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts graduates.


• Commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Triton Troupers Circus. 9

Recognized the Village of Northlake in Honor Day event.

• Hosted visit by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to discuss current and future initiatives designed to benefit students and other community members. • Partnered with Hillside Academy to enable high school students to enroll in college horticulture class.

• Recognized Willie Powell, Brandi Iannotta, and Tamara Alie as Star Students.

• Participated in building of community playground in Broadview.

Spring Semester, 2011

• Hosted first women’s career conference for local high school students and community members.

• Responded effectively to winter blizzard to keep college open and ensure safety of students, faculty, and staff.

• Held 45th annual commencement ceremony for 1500 graduates.

• Conducted Financial Assistance Day to help students and families learn about and apply for financial aid available to fund their education.

• Recognized Sylvia Rzepniewski, Ember Lomax, and Tori Decker as Star Students.

• Completed new mission and vision statements for Triton College.


• Hosted community viewing of “Waiting for Superman” documentary and discussion forum with State Representative Karen Yarbrough. • Enrolled area students in summer camp programs held on Triton campus. • Attended the 2011 Achieving the Dream Strategy Institute. • Celebrated Sustainability Month through events conducted by the Greening the Campus committee. 10


Welcomed Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon to Triton’s campus as part of her statewide tour of community colleges to increase college completion rates. Invited representatives from communitybased organizations in the district to a forum for building relationships that promote lifelong learning and learning opportunities for younger individuals.

• Received a three-year grant to implement a Waterbotics teachers’ institute from the Build It Scale Up program sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges and The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology. • Received a $200,000 Workforce Investment grant award from Cook County Works to assist dislocated workers with job search strategies and retraining.

New Programs Under Development Offer Many Options for Successful Careers Practical career readiness is a primary focus of Triton’s academic planning and program development each year. Based on forecasts of future workforce demand and research into students’ interests, several new degree and certificate programs entered the curriculum development stage after the completion of feasibility studies in FY 2010-2011. Courses are expected to enroll students for the first time beginning with the Fall 2011 semester.

Certificate in Beverage Management The Beverage Management Certificate will provide students with the skills necessary for managing, owning, or operating a beverage business in a restaurant, hotel, banquet facility, night club, catering operation, or neighborhood pubs. Coursework will include the art of preparing cocktails, basic sommelier training, food and beverage purchasing, and food and wine pairing.

Associate’s Degree, Independent Building Contractor This course of study is designed to provide the basic and advanced skills and knowledge needed to start a business as an independent building contractor. The degree will provide a gateway to a variety of applied careers in the construction and remodeling industries and, if desired, to small business ownership with hands-on training in building trades, business and financial management.

Associate’s Degree, Facilities Engineering Technology Certificate in Facilities Engineering Technology Designed for students enrolled through the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the degree program will allow students to continue their education and acquire the competencies and skills necessary for employment in maintenance positions in office buildings, hospitals, schools, stadiums, and commercial/industrial facilities. The certificate program for union and non-union students provides the lectures and hands-on training needed for employment as a facility engineer, stationary operating engineer, chief engineer, maintenance foreman, or building maintenance supervisor.


Certificate in New Media Instruction will be provided in web design, multimedia, animation, and video skills required for entry-level employment in the exciting field of visual communication or that will prepare students to transfer to a variety of schools.

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Digital Photography This program will offer an opportunity to develop skills in the creation of photographic images for fine art and commercial use. Students seeking employment as freelance photographers and in photographic studios will acquire background in art and design theories, photographic composition, studio portrait and product photography, photographic production and marketing of images for Web and multimedia.

Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture Technology Students in this program will build the background knowledge required to pursue a career in sustainable agriculture technology. They will learn landscape and home gardening practices that promote conservation and sustainability and cover such topics as green roofs, natural gardens, and xeriscaping, all aimed at examining and solving problems that have an adverse impact on the environment.


Starting in the Right Place at the Right Time for Success Recent research indicates that many students nationwide struggle academically in their first year of college because they lack the necessary foundational skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. At Triton College, a multi-disciplinary team decided to address this problem right from the beginning rather than simply treat the symptoms later on. Starting in FY2010-2011, the college instituted mandatory academic placement testing in these subjects to make sure that students who planned to enroll in credit courses were prepared for successful performance in the programs they chose. Students who take the tests and score in the developmental range are then given information about the appropriate courses they need to take to build the necessary English and Math skills. According to Dr. Angela Latham, Vice President of Academic Affairs, the move to mandatory placement testing yields outcomes that are vital to achieving the college’s mission of student success. “As a comprehensive community college, we have a responsibility to do more than provide educational opportunities for residents; we are accountable for their success in the classes they take,” she said. “Providing the skill development students need right away based on their placement test performance ent demonstrates our commitment to Placem view their success from the moment they Test Re e Guid come to our campus to enroll.”

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve, American actor, director, producer and author 22

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

President’s Leadership Academy

This past spring, Triton College President Patricia Granados selected the latest group of participants for a year-long leadership development experience as members of the President’s Leadership Academy. Consisting of individuals chosen from Triton’s faculty and staff, the Academy offers opportunities to interact with other community college professionals, exchange ideas with colleagues, and build skills necessary for successful leadership. The experience molds new perspectives for making students more successful too. Initiated in 2008, the President’s Leadership Academy provides an avenue to develop strong, dedicated leaders from within and support their ability to take on new roles in the

John Quincy Adams, American president and statesman

“While focusing on our students’ growth, we also recognize a responsibility to groom Triton’s leaders of tomorrow from among our own faculty and staff.”

future. A variety of special projects addressed during the year enable participants to become more knowledgeable about institutional and community needs and better equipped to shape Triton’s future. Academy members from current and previous groups recently collaborated on a comprehensive public relations plan to increase the college’s visibility in the community. “I now have a better understanding of what it takes to lead a community college and prepare students for success,” remarked Anna DeMaine, Triton College senior designer. “I also have clearer insights on how I can contribute my skills and talents to fulfilling Triton’s mission and vision.”


Moving Beyond Course Completion to Career Satisfaction Joe Childers Alumni After 41 years of working for the same Chicago-area employer, Joe Childers found himself at a crossroads when he was laid off. Although the loss of his job put Childers’ family finances in trouble, Childers realized the job loss may have been for the best because it encouraged him to further his education. Returning to college became a viable option when Childers was informed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security about a program through the National Able Network. The program would provide Childers with financial assistance toward retraining through college courses. He decided to take Triton College’s AutoCAD certificate program, a software program Childers understood well from his former job, only to discover an opportunity to pursue a more challenging option — Engineering Technology — on his second day of class. “Our instructor told us we needed a drawing board and a T-square for class as his supervisor walked in,” Childers recalled. I asked, ‘Why do we need to this when you have AutoCAD on the computer?’ Within a few minutes, the supervisor told me to turn off my computer, pack up my books and leave the room. She said, ‘You don’t belong in this class.’” The supervisor, Antigone Sharris, Engineering Technology instructor, later met with Childers to suggest that he sign up for Triton’s Engineering Technology program instead. Childers received straight A’s in the program, made the President’s List in fall 2010 and Dean’s List in spring 2011 and occasionally tutored students in the AutoCAD program. In May 2011, at age 64, Childers completed his associate’s degree in Engineering Technology and Design and now works part-time as an information specialist in Triton’s call center. “What I’ve learned and achieved at Triton is something I’m extremely proud and grateful for,” he said.

2010-2011 Alumni


• Tony Valente (AS, ‘90) Appointed principal of Proviso East High School • Frank Fagiano (AAS in CJA, ‘00) Appointed Chief of Police for the Village of Elmwood Park • Tim McKinney (AA,’97) Inducted into the NJCAA Region IV Athletic Hall of Fame for his broadcasting as Triton’s media assistant • Lynn Bjorvik (AAS in Marketing Management, ‘86) Elected trustee for Village of River Grove in April 2011


Paying Success Forward

“Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.” Barack Obama, President of the United States

Edith Alba Alumni When 19-year-old Edith Alba emigrated from Honduras to Chicago, she noticed two things that would require some adjustment on her part – the cold weather and the English language. There was nothing she could do to change the weather, but she understood that the life destined for her in Chicago couldn’t begin until she learned how to speak English. Through the support of her mother, she sought the help of Nuevos Horizontes in Melrose Park to begin English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, her first step toward “success in this country,” she said. “Going back to school and learning the alphabet all over again was a real challenge. However, with persistence, all those obstacles disappeared little by little. I remember staying in the computer lab after my classes, spending hours practicing and repeating the same things.” Slowly but surely, Alba began picking up English, taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her to practice listening and speaking the language. She then earned her GED and went on to take college courses in accounting at Triton College, completing the program with an Associate’s degree. She reflects on her decision to finish schooling without regrets. “It wasn’t easy but I did it,” she admitted. “I led a busy life, working two jobs, attending night classes and taking care of responsibilities at home with my husband and three children.” Today, Alba is putting what she’s learned to good use. The English as a Second Language (ESL) graduate is volunteering her efforts to tutor ESL classes at Triton and Nuevos Horizontes, the place where her new life started, and speaks about the importance of the classes to the Hispanic community. “Learning English can bring many benefits to your life and your family’s lives,” she said. “You’ll be able to find a better paying job for yourself and your family. The complexities of life in this country will become much simpler, and you’ll be a role model for your family and children, showing them the value of learning. Knowledge is power – the more you know, the more you are empowered to achieve your goals.”

Overcoming Obstacles and Running Toward Success


Linda Rivera Alumni Linda Rivera was looking for a fresh start when she decided to pursue an associate’s degree in education at Triton College. Living outside of the college’s district, Triton soon became her refuge away from the personal troubles that could have distracted her from achieving her goal. As a single mother, Rivera often struggled with finding a babysitter so she could go to work and attend class. She took care of her father who had a medical condition, and also faced the consequences of the incarceration of her older brother. Things didn’t get any easier when her grandmother passed away and she lost her job in early 2011. “With all of that going on, it was really hard to concentrate on my main goal, but with the help of everyone at Triton, my family and friends, I got through it,” she said. “At times, I thought I wasn’t going to make it. There were times I wanted to quit.”

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect But quitting wasn’t an option when there was so much on the line. She kept busy by participating in many student clubs and organizations where she made friends and learned to speak out. Rivera also got involved with the student support services program Trio, College Council, Program Board, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Triton’s Gay & Straight Alliance (TGSA) and served as Triton College Student Association President from 20102011. “As president, my role was basically to better the school, make sure the students had a great experience on campus, and to remind them to use every tool accessible to them to make their semester successful.” It was advice she heeded herself. “I used to be a person who didn’t want to ask for help … I really kept to myself,” she said, describing herself as shy. “But being so involved in various organizations and having the opportunity to communicate with faculty, I realized they really are here for us. We just need to ask for their help.” Rivera graduated in May 2011 and is currently studying elementary education at National Louis University in Chicago. She’s looking forward to a successful year there, especially since she has another Triton alum as a mentor. “I feel like I’m taking a part of Triton with me,” she said. “Triton was my stepping stool to National Louis University… Triton prepared me to be on my own and taught me that it’s OK to ask for help when you need it.” 26

Triton College Foundation Board of Directors David J. King, Foundation President David King & Associates Rich F. Pellegrino, Foundation Vice President West Central Municipal Conference Sean Sullivan, Foundation Treasurer Triton College Susan B. Kerr, Foundation Secretary Triton College Foundation Michael Alesia, Mesirow Financial Fabiola Amezcua, ComEd Al Biancalana, Elmcrest Banquets John Cadero, Triton College Luke Casson, Andreou & Casson Michael Castellan, Melrose Park Police Dept. Frank Cerrone, Pan American Bank Mary Jane Goldthwaite, Schiller Park Dr. Patricia Granados, Triton College David J. Kim, UPS Roy McCampbell, McCampbell & Associates Sean T. McCarthy, Nicor Gas Jay Reyes, Riverside Law Group Dr. Preet-Pal Saluja, Triton College Bart Smith, Smith & Smith Denise Smith-Gaborit, Triton College Charter Members The Honorable Donald E. Stephens (deceased) Mark R. Stephens, Chairman Triton College Board of Trustees The Honorable Ronald M. Serpico, Mayor Village of Melrose Park Foundation Staff Susan B. Kerr, Executive Director Robin Sluzas, Assistant

We thank our donors for their generous contributions of $1,000 or more in FY2011: $1,000 - $4,999.99 Advanced Technology Services All Types Elevators ASME Chicago Section AT&T Bomark Cleaning Service Citizens For Marilyn May Kevin P. Coyle Datatel David King & Associates Dynomax, Inc. Elmcrest Banquets Follett Higher Education Group Friends Of Mark Stephens Dr. Patricia Granados Harris Bank Illinois Community College System Foundation J.C. Penney Co. Kusper & Raucci Leyden G.O.P. Committee Lithographers Club Of Chicago Roy McCampbell Nicor Gas Jens C. Nielsen Pan American Bank River Grove Chamber Of Commerce S & D Prime Maintenance Inc. Antigone Sharris Smith & Smith Society Of Automotive Testers Triton College Faculty Association Triton College Library T














Triton College Student Association Village Of Forest Park Patricia Warren West Central Municipal Conference Richard Deborah Winkleblack $5,000 - $9,999.99 Adreani Foundation FIRST National Tom Olson $10,000 and above UPS Westlake Health Foundation Triton College appreciates all who have contributed to the Triton College Foundation and helped support our students who benefit from your generosity.

Triton Foundation Expenditures FY11 Program Services - Grants & Scholarships ($340,291) General & Administrative ($147,005) Fundraising ($29,223) 6%



Financial Summary REVENUES



Summary of Fiscal Year 2011 Revenue

Student Tuition and Fees 44%

Local Tax Revenue 41%

Other 2%

State Grants 13%

Summary of Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget Expenditures by Program

Student Services 9% Institutional Support 18.5% Auxiliary Services .5%

Academic Support 7% Public Services 4% Operations and Maintenance 19%

Instruction 42%


Student Success Indicators 2009


First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2006

First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2007

Successful Completion of Credits Attempted



Advancement from remedial to gatekeeper courses (within 3 years)



48% 39%

48% 38%

20% 15%

20% 16%

67% 51%

67% 51%

3% 3%

5% 9%

5% 10% 15%

5% 10% 15%



Enrolling in and successful completion of gatekeeper courses (within 3 years)

Enrolling from one semester to the next

Earning degrees and/or certificates (highest completion)

English Attempt Complete Math Attempt Complete Triton Fall to Spring Retention Fall to Fall Persistence Transfer Fall To Spring Transfer Fall to Fall Transfer Certificate Degree Total

Goal Completion within 3 years (includes all graduates and transfers)


MISSION Responsive to diverse educational needs, Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals personally, professionally and culturally to contribute to a global community.

VISION Triton College will address the needs of its diverse community and establish a greater presence within its district. Triton College will expand on an environment that fosters a participatory involvement, innovative programs, performance-based standards and provide services that will enhance the learning process. Triton College will support learning and a technology enhanced education as a priority in every policy, program and practice.

Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark R. Stephens, Chairman; Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman; Diane Viverito, Secretary; Irene Moskal Del Giudice; Thomas Gary; Elizabeth Ann Potter; Glenn A. Stam; Isiah Brandon, Student Trustee PRESIDENT Patricia Granados, Ed.D. Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

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The Power of Success - Annual Report 2010/11  

Responsive to diverse educational needs, Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals pe...

The Power of Success - Annual Report 2010/11  

Responsive to diverse educational needs, Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals pe...