Short-Term Professional Training and Continuing Education

Programs for Lifelong Learning

Triton's Continuing Education programs provide community access to lifelong learning by providing courses, workshops, seminars and conferences at convenient neighborhood locations, as well as on the campus. All programs are based on a continuous assessment of community needs.

The Continuing Education Guide is sent to every home in Triton's district several times each year. The guide lists courses in a variety of categories. These courses focus on developing skills valuable to the work world and on constructive, enriching use of leisure time. Courses related to obtaining a job or enhancing a career include clerical skills training, accounting, real estate licensing, computer skills and many more. Leisure time courses teach auto care, gourmet food preparation, languages and photography, as well as yoga, aerobics and swimming. New courses are constantly being developed, many with the aid of community residents who have a desire to teach or learn something special. For information on general Continuing Education programs, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Career Development

A major goal of Short Term Professional Training and Continuing Education is to provide assistance to district adults at various stages of their working lives.

Short-Term Professional Training

Short-term training programs offered through the School of Continuing Education are designed for those who are seeking to upgrade their employment skills, enter new fields or gain skills to earn a second income. Many of these training programs are unique to Triton. Short-term training programs include computer software training, office executive, general office clerk, bank teller, pharmacy technician, certified nursing assistant, paralegal, bookkeeping, and career enhancement seminars. For more information and orientation dates on short-term training programs, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Center for Business and Professional Development

Besides the job preparation and professional development courses offered in the general Continuing Education Program, Triton also is committed to meeting the challenge of rapidly changing technology and regulations by designing and sponsoring programs to train, retrain and upgrade the skills of individuals in business and industry. The Center for Business and Professional Development (CBPD) offers on-site training programs tailored to the specific needs of local businesses. These programs are taught by experts in the fields of industry, business and government. The Center also offers a variety of public seminars and workshops on topics of current interest to the business community. Topics include management/supervisory development, customer relations, business writing and computer software training. For information on these programs, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3489.

Center for Health Care Professionals

Programs are designed with input from health professionals and professional associations to assist those in practitioner, supervisor/manager and educator positions to more effectively meet their responsibilities. Newly emerging concepts of health care, principles, theories and research findings — which will enhance the professional's knowledge and enable practice at increasingly higher levels of excellence — are presented. Programs are presented in health-care institutions, corporate offices and other sites as well as on campus, and are offered at various times to accommodate the active health professional with specific scheduling needs. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3773.

Nuevos Horizontes — Triton Community Center

1708 Main St., Melrose Park, IL 60160

Triton College attempts to meet the educational needs of the Hispanic/Latino community in the district through its community center, Nuevos Horizontes. Established in 1981, the center is located in Melrose Park and serves as an outreach and community resource center for Spanish-speaking persons and the general community.

Nuevos Horizontes’ mission is to

  • Promote and facilitate access to higher education among Hispanics and all community members,
  • Provide educational programs and services to enable immigrant adults to adjust and become involved in all aspects of their new community,
  • Inform the community of educational and cultural opportunities available.

The intent of the center is to provide educational programs and cultural experiences which will prepare the students and assist them in transitioning to the main campus and into degree and certificate programs. The center does this by offering registration and classes in ESL, GED, and Citizenship through the Adult Education Program.

Nuevos offers several bilingual certificate programs in Office Assistant, Bookkeeping, Floral Arrangement, and Cake Decoration, through the School of Continuing Education. The center also offers credit courses in general and developmental education, and a credit-certificate program in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Nuevos offers free mini-workshops on a variety of topics including using technology, career exploration, job preparation and search, financial aid, and citizenship mock interview practice. Additional services include the translation of minor documents such as birth and marriage certificates. For more information, please call (708) 649-2101 or visit www.triton.edu/community/nuevos.

Triton College Youth Programming

Every semester through Continuing Education, Triton offers a variety of programs for young learners ages 4 and up. From acting to astronomy, story writing to study skills, magic to mathematics, Triton College Youth Programming represents a constantly growing and expanding curriculum that strives to maintain its programming perspective to the world in which we live. Programs include: 1) specially designed age-specific courses open to all children ages 4-16; 2) courses scheduled on-campus and at select community sites; 3) competitive swimming and diving.

Programs employ various teaching techniques and instructional activities using projects, presentation and discovery learning to fully enrich the learning of young people. Triton College Youth Programming’s principal objective is to complement regular school schedules and activities with recreational and educational learning experiences aimed to engage and promote the development of a young person's interest and desire to learn. Through challenging, entertaining and enlightening topics and formats, Triton College Youth Programming’s goal is to constructively contribute to an educational foundation that inspires youngsters to be stimulated, motivated and encouraged about learning both today and tomorrow.

For more information on Triton College Children’s Programming, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

The Lifelong Learning Series

The Lifelong Learning Series offers courses that are designed to provide intellectual, social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for adults, including seniors. These courses cover a variety of subjects including literature, drama, philosophy, fitness, swimming, dancing, music, computer literacy, driver education, and many others. While older adults are welcome in all of Triton’s programs, some special courses are also offered for seniors (age 60 and older). For more information about courses and other activities, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Cultural Programming

The Triton College Performing Arts Center is the setting for a variety of cultural activities ranging from ballet and plays to puppetry and musicals. The programs vary each year and offer district residents a cultural center in their neighborhood as well as trips to operas, plays and concerts. For information on current programs, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3757.

Recreation and Self-Improvement

Triton encourages adults of all ages and educational backgrounds to turn leisure time into creative, productive opportunities. Adults can sample various kinds of exercise, games, sports, hobbies, crafts, art, music and dance. Qualified experts create informal classrooms in which participants can express themselves.

Self-improvement courses enable individuals and groups, young and old, to benefit from new skills. Many classes enhance the students' opportunities to learn for profit as well as pleasure. For more information, call Continuing Education at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500

Cultural Programming and Community Forums

The School of Continuing Education promotes the creative and intellectual life of residents of the Triton district through cultural programming and community forums. Cultural programs including opera excursions, lecture series, art exhibits and theater excursions are scheduled. Special events, such as Italian-American Week, Community Education Day and the Hispanic-American festival, focus on the concerns and leisure of the Triton College community.

The following programs and services are offered through the School of Continuing Education, sometimes in cooperation with other community agencies:

Active Retired Citizens

Business management seminars

Community chorus

Community orchestra

Lectures and community forums

Neighborhood site courses

Programs for young people

For information about these offerings, contact the School of Continuing Education in Room A-201 of the Learning Resource Center or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

RSVP Volunteer Program

A national volunteer program, locally sponsored by Triton College, RSVP provides individuals an opportunity to impact their community through volunteer service activities. RSVP volunteers serve in capacities, which call on their experiences, skills, training, interest and willingness to keep learning. A few volunteer service activities examples are storyteller, tax assistance, homework helper, homeless shelter aide, clerical, advocate and teacher aide. Volunteers play an important role; for volunteer opportunities and information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.

Active Retired Citizens Club

The Active Retired Citizens Club (ARCC) is an activity and social club for community residents who are young at heart, and interested in expanding their social and intellectual life through adult education and community programs. ARCC meets twice monthly; the first and third Fridays of the month. Dues are $10. For more information call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3896.