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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.    
         

 WHITE HOUSE COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY DAY OF ACTION
The Illinois Community College Board joined President Obama and higher education leaders on December 4, 2014 to discuss actions to promote college completion and access.  Read more here.

      
             


         
 
State Level   

  • 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.
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National Level

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  •  LEGISLATIVE ALERT:  The ACCT has provided an alert on the latest action in Washington, indicating that the U.S. House and Senate has released a bipartisan spending package for FY 2015. The bill includes several items affecting community colleges, including a partial reinstatement of Pell Grant and federal student aid eligibility.  See more information 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