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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.

 

 
Governor Quinn Welcomed to Triton College
 
The Board of Trustees and President welcomed Governor Pat Quinn to campus on October 28, 2014.  The Governor arrived to
applause from a large crowd of students, employees, and guests that included Senator Don Harmon, as the Governor announced that
Triton will receive an additional $3 million from the State of Illinois for its Health & Science building.  The building is currently
under renovation and scheduled to open in Fall 2015.  

  Governor Quinn Visit Podium Group


Senator Mark Kirk and Students Senator Mark Kirk VisitSenator Kirk, President, Trustees

Senator Mark Kirk visited Triton College on October 30, 2014, to speak with students as part of the Executive Speakers Series sponsored by the Business Department.  

Senator Kirk discussed what it is like to be a U.S. Senator with an enthusiastic crowd.  

 

 

 

             
         

 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.

      
             


         
 
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.
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National Level

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  •  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