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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

           WHITE HOUSE HOSTS COMMUNITY COLLEGES
College Readiness was the focus of a meeting hosted by the Obama
administration on August 12, 2014.  Read more in an Inside Higher Ed article here about this meeting to "discuss efforts to strengthen developmental education and explore effective strategies to improve success for students in need of developmental education."    
         

 SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS ACT
Governor Quinn has signed into law the Smoke-Free Campus Act that prohibits smoking on college campuses beginning July 1, 2015.  This Act impacts all State-supported institutions of high education, including Triton College.  The full language of the Act can be accessed here.

      
             

         
 
State Level   
  • HIGHER ED-MAP GRANT: Consideration will be extended to dislocated workers to secure financial assistance, based on a new amendment to the Monetary Award Program.  See additional information here

  • 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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  •  FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE:  Access the latest news on activity in Washington DC, including legislation to address sexual violence on campus, tuition for Veterans, and a report on Non-Completers 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