Another of Illinois’ community colleges is receiving state funding for improvements. Gov. Pat Quinn has announced that $31.6 million from the state’s capital budget will be used to help build a new transportation, distribution and logistics training center at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago. He says there are other projects coming soon and it’s important that the state continue investing in community colleges. “We have to have a system of education in every part of our state. We have 48 community colleges that make sure that when folks want to learn something they have a place to go to get that kind of training and education that makes a career,” Quinn said.
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The state’s capital program includes $1.5 billion for higher education, including $788 million for public universities and $400 million for community colleges. According to the governor’s office, the overall $30 billion program is expected to create 439,000 construction jobs.
Capital funds have already benefitted many colleges and universities including Southwest Illinois College, SIU Edwardsville, Western Illinois University, the University of Illinois, College of Lake County, Rend Lake College and Joliet Junior College.