PUBLIC & GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS 

Triton College seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of students and the broader community. Through active engagement with public and government officials representing communities served by the college, we are able to communicate the importance of higher education for Illinois citizens in our community college district. We seek to be informed and to inform the college community regarding legislative matters. We disseminate information, monitor proposed legislation, coordinate advocacy regarding education-related issues & budget allocations impacting the college, and participate in state-wide efforts to build support for community college education.

Volunteers for College Advocacy was established in 2011 as an informal network of college staff volunteers interested in assisting with lobby efforts in support of the college.

The materials below may be of interest to faculty, staff, students and the community at large and are provided for informational purposes only. Please contact the Office of the President (708-456-0300, ext. 3291) if you have questions.

             
         

 Current Issues

           WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)
The American Association of Community Colleges has published a guide to help community college personnel better understand the aspects of the new law relevant to their work.  Enacted in July 2014, many of WIOA's provisions will take effect July 1, 2015.  Click here to view the guide.    
         

 BACCALAUREATE DEGREES AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The Illinois Community College Trustees Association has created a Baccalaureate Degree Issues Committee to work with issues associated with community colleges offering select applied baccalaureate degrees.  Read more information here.

      
             

 50th Cake Cutting Ceremony          
          
Happy 50th Anniversary Triton College!

Legislators and Mayors/Village Presidents
joined with the Board of Trustees
administration, and entire college community
on August 28, 2014 to kick off the
50th Anniversary of Triton College.  
Two ceremonies were held and featured
the cutting of a cake created by Triton faculty,
and the dedication of a
Sundial in the College Commons.
50th Anniversary Sundial Dedication, August 28, 2014 6 pm

         
 
State Level   
  • VETO SESSIONS UPCOMING: The 98th General Assembly veto sessions are scheduled for November 19-21 and December 2-4, 2014. Visit the Illinois General Assembly Webpage here to review legislative issues that may be of interest.

  • STATE OF THE STATE: In the State of the State address, Governor Quinn highlighted economic growth through jobs with an emphasis on preparing the Illinois workforce for 21st century jobs, particularly jobs in-demand requiring high-skill. The state-wide goal for education is to have 60% of the adult workforce with a degree or career certificate by 2025.
Capitol Building 2

 

       
National Level

Capitol Building 1
  •  FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE:  Access the latest news on activity in Washington DC, including information about community college enrollment and are report on the Pell Grant program in the AACC Washington Watch here.  

  • TOP FEDERAL PRIORITIES FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES:  The American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Community College Trustees have released the community college federal legislative priorities. Read more here