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Workforce Development Center

Mission Statement
The Workforce Development Department at Triton College is committed to providing community members in Western Cook County with programs and services to meet their immediate employment and training needs.

The Workforce Development Department is designed to provide short-term grant funded training program opportunities to students in the Triton College community. Our primary focus is to work with those individuals who would not normally have an opportunity to attend college (i.e. low income, high school drop-outs, public aid recipients, dislocated workers).

Individuals must be Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligible in order to access these programs. Those who qualify to receive assistance will have their tuition, books, fees, and instructional materials paid in full.

Programs in the area of workforce development include but are not limited to:

Critical Skills Shortage Initiatives
   • Healthcare Solutions
        • Surgical Technology
        • Insurance Billing Clerk
        • Medical Billers and Coders
   • Manufacturing Skill Development Solutions
        • Welding
        • CNC Machining & Programming

Presidents Office for Employment & Training (POET)
   • Healthcare Initiative
        • Certified Nursing Assistant
        • Pharmacy Technician

Triton Retraining Assistance Center (TRAC)
Triton College operates an Affiliate Illinois Employment Training Center (IETC) as part of the west suburban Cook County workforce development system. The center, contingent upon federal and state funding, offers services to employers and jobs seekers.

WIA Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs
Through the Workforce Investment Act program, our affiliate office provides workforce development services to low-income adults and dislocated workers.

Stop by our resource room and make use of Internet-based employment services, fax machine, phones, copier, and other employment-related resources to help you with your job search. Browse through a variety of books and videos designed to help you find the job you're looking for. Vocational Training Programs are available, based on eligibility and approval of funding.

Program Eligibility:
You may be eligible for free training if you meet the following conditions:
   1. You have been unemployed for two years or less;
        a. You are eligible for unemployment compensation or have exhausted your benefits;
        b. You have one year of work history in the same low growth occupation.


   2. You have been terminated or received notice of termination due to a permanent plant or facility closing.
        Required documentation to determine eligibility includes:
          • A picture ID (drivers license or state ID card; Immigration of Naturalization ID)
          • A copy of your birth certificate or baptismal record
          • Unemployment Certification Letter; or notification of your benefits being exhausted
          • Letter of closure of layoff from your company
              If a letter is not available a copy of a W-2 or check stub with your name and the company name
          • Veteran’s need to supply your DD214
          • Proof of Citizenship
          • Public Aid recipients must provide a copy of their medical card.
          • Any males born on or after January 1, 1960 must show proof they registered for the selective service

Degrees and Certificate Programs
Triton College Programs cover a wide range of degrees and certificates. Programs that have been approved for funding include.
   • A+ Microcomputer Technician
   • Accounting
   • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
   • Automotive Technology
   • Baking and Pastry
   • Basic Addiction Counseling
   • Business Management
   • Business Support Specialist
   • Computer Information Systems
   • Computer Production Design & Typography
   • Criminal Justice Administration Armed Security
   • Criminal Justice Administration/Law Enforcement
   • Culinary Arts
   • Early Childhood Education
   • Graphic Arts/Printing
   • Hospitality Industry Administration Hotel/Motel
   • Hospitality Industry Administration Restaurant Management
   • Infant Toddler Care
   • Network Management
   • Nurse Assistant
   • Office Assistant
   • Office Software (MOUS)
   • Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape Design
   • Page Layout
   • Personal Trainer
   • Practical Nursing
   • Stationary Engineer
   • Surgical Technology
   • Teacher Aide
   • Visual Communication
   • Web Technologies
   • Windows Programming – Advanced

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IETC?
IETC stands for Illinois Employment Training Center and is part of a federal workforce development system known as the Workforce Investment Act. This system offers services to adults and dislocated workers who are trying to become re-employed, as well as provides information on various college programs and services.

I am a dislocated worker. Will this program pay for me to go back to school? 
For financial assistance information, consult the college catalog or contact the Financial Aid office (add link to FA office) at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3441. If you qualify, you can begin training classes sooner. While training is possible through the Workforce Investment Act, it is a “work first” system. Services are available to help you conduct your job search and include basic assessments, job matching assistance, vocational counseling, workshops, and the development of an individual employment plan before retraining can be offered.

Food Stamp Employment Training Grant Program
Triton College is the recipient of an FSE&T grant funds through the Department of Human Services. The program serves individuals who are currently on food stamps, i.e. 08 recipients.

Recruitment is done by referral from any Department of Human Services (DHS) office or by reverse referral.

Eligibility requirements are:
   • Able bodied adults without dependents
   • 16 – 59 years of age
   • Currently receiving food stamp assistant only

Web Links
Workforce Investment Act Links