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Triton College Welcomes Back Automotive Program Alumni

On Thursday, Oct. 21, Triton College hosted its first Automotive Technology alumni reception. Approximately 100 guests including alumni going as far back as 1968 had the opportunity to reconnect with their Triton roots.

The setting was very unique as the reception took place in one of the Automotive Lab classrooms in the Industrial Careers Building with guests enjoying great food and lively conversation.

Triton College president, Dr. Patricia Granados, along with Dean of Business and Technology Antoinette Baldin and Automotive Technology Program Coordinator James Gray each addressed the alumni in attendance. The Automotive faculty were present as well to interact and discuss the current Automotive Program in relation to industry trends.

"We have an outstanding mix of alumni here tonight and that's a testament to our Automotive Program," Granados said during her welcoming remarks. "We're very proud of the Automotive Program. It has a tremendous reputation and I think you all should be very proud to have contributed in building that reputation."

In addition to reminiscing with former classmates and instructors, the alumni and guests had the opportunity to tour the current automotive classroom facilities.

But the night was about the automotive alumni reflecting on their Triton experience. Alumni traveled to the event from as far as Florida, Arizona and Wisconsin. One of those alumni was Michael Doney, a 1972 graduate who is now retired. Doney drove from Eau Claire, Wis., to take part in the festivities.

"I took classes in the old building and where this building stands used to be a drive-in theater," Doney said. "It's great to come back and see how much Triton has changed since I took classes."

Mike Larson, a 1982 graduate, has operated his own automotive repair shop, Mr. Mechanics in Elmhurst for nearly 10 years. One of the Larson's present employees is taking classes in Triton's Automotive Program.

Larson credited the strong level of classes, especially in math and science for preparing him to transfer to the Illinois Institute of Technology where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

"The math and science classes were beyond what I expected and when I attended IIT their classes were a breeze because of how prepared I was during my time at Triton," Larson said.

Several alums expressed appreciation for this special event and communicated great interest in staying connected with Triton and fellow alumni.

For further information about Triton's Automotive Technology Alumni Reception or the Triton College Alumni Association, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3955.

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