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Alumni Network, Praise Triton's Allied Health Program at First-Ever Reception

Graduates of Triton College's Allied Health program reconnected with faculty and fellow alumni at a first-ever alumni reception for the program on April 12 on Triton's campus in River Grove.

Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados welcomed about 80 alumni who graduated from 1973 to 2011, representing the Allied Health degree and certification programs in Ophthalmic Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology.

"Our Allied Health program is a shining star in our community because of our outstanding faculty members who have taught students to be knowledgeable in their fields," in addressing the alumni Dr. Granados said. "We’re proud of all your accomplishments and hope you will help us to guide our next generation of Allied Health students."

Dean of Health Careers Dr. Susan Collins emphasized the specialized accreditation that Triton College holds for its Radiologic Technology, Ophthalmic Technology and Nursing programs, which are important designations for graduates seeking jobs in these fields. "Because of our rigorous curriculum and expert faculty, we’ve been able to uphold our accreditation with flying colors," she said.

Vicenta Martinez (Class of 1998), Mitzi Thomas (2004), and Diana Bell (2004) all graduated from Triton’s Ophthalmic Technology program, which is the only one of its kind accredited in Illinois. The trio, who currently work together at the North Shore University Health System, enjoys their career field and credits Triton for their success.

"The Ophthalmic Tech program really gave me the tools to do what I love in a field that is very empowering," Bell said.

"Our world is so specialized," Thomas added. "A person can’t walk into a job like ours and pick it up. Triton provided us with the background and teachings to understand the job and do it well."

Zofia Ezlakowska, a 2000 Ophthalmic Tech graduate, works at Premier Eye Care and Surgery Center in Buffalo Grove as a Senior Technician. She believes students of Triton’s Ophthalmic Technology program are receiving a quality education to prepare them for a career in a growing industry. "I know from experience how great the Triton Ophthalmic Tech program is, and at Premier Eye Care Surgery Center, we’re looking for ophthalmic technicians," she said. "I encourage Triton graduates to apply."

Following the guest speakers, Allied Health alumni toured the Allied Health classrooms and labs accompanied by student volunteers who shared their current experiences in the program.

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