Triton Awarded National College and Career Readiness Grant

A $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will allow Triton College to increase college and career readiness for youth in the Oak Park Community. Triton is one of 12 organizations across the country to receive an IMLS Community Catalyst Grant, which support efforts to engage and serve local communities.

With the grant, Triton will partner with the Oak Park Public Library and the E-Team of Oak Park to provide coaching, advocacy, and academic support for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and their families.

“This IMLS grant award will allow Triton College to work closely with organizations and schools throughout the Oak Park community to address gaps in college and career readiness,” said Triton College Dean of Academic Success, Dr. Deborah Baness King. “By utilizing the Oak Park Public Library as the central location for services, Triton College, along with our partners, will be able to bring services and resources to the community that can be easily accessed by families and students.”

One hundred families with high-school students and an additional 100 families with children in local middle schools will benefit from Triton’s college and career readiness initiative. Local educators, administrators, youth advocates, parents, students, school board members, college professors, social workers, and community members as well as local community college students will serve as mentors.

In total, IMLS awarded more than $1.6 million in Community Catalyst grants to organizations throughout the country. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with more than $2.3 million in non-federal funds.

“Many community organizations have unrealized opportunities to contribute their unique strengths and resources toward collaborative efforts to achieve positive community change.” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The projects we are funding demonstrate how adaptable the collective impact approach can be for a wide range of organizations tackling a variety of community issues to improve social well-being.”

The IMLS is a primary source of federal support for the approximately 35,000 museums throughout the nation. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

For more information on Triton’s college and career readiness initiative, call (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3414 or email