Governor announces CTC funding
2011: Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday joined Illinois Valley Community College President
Jerry Corcoran to announce the release of $22.8 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to construct a new Community
Technology Center and renovate several buildings at the school’s Oglesby
campus. The project will create approximately 210 construction jobs.
Technology Center will prepare Illinois Valley Community College students for
the high-tech jobs of the future, while creating hundreds of jobs now,” said
Gov. Quinn. “My Illinois Jobs Now!
capital program is creating good jobs throughout our state through major
investment in our schools and communities.”
The IVCC projects total $30.4 million, with the state paying
$22.8 million and the school coming up with $7.6 million. The new, 80,000-square-foot
Community Technology Center will include classroom, lab, office and support
The two-story building will connect to existing buildings C
and F, and has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, a designation for a structure’s energy efficiency and
bids will be opened Aug. 25 and work is expected to begin this fall with
completion scheduled for December 2013.
“This is one of the most
significant events in our college’s 87-year history and will provide a
tremendous boost to the local economy,” said President Corcoran.
“This facility will dramatically
enhance our ability to serve students and the community and within two years,
the Illinois Valley will have a premier training site for manufacturing and
alternative energy careers.”
Other campus work covered by the funding includes the demolition
of temporary buildings, additions to the automotive and welding shops,
construction of a new 2,500-square-foot maintenance building and associated
site improvements, and campus-wide renovations of existing spaces. Bids will be
taken in two phases on this additional work beginning in the spring of 2012.
Corcoran lauded IVCC’s board of
trustees and chair Dennis Thompson of Princeton for setting aside money each
year for such a project and for the board’s courage in moving ahead with the
project in difficult economic times.
“This is something we’ve been
planning for a long time and wishing for even longer,” said Thompson. “It’s
wonderful to finally be in a position to definitively say the CTC is going to
Corcoran also credited Rep. Frank
Mautino (D-Spring Valley) and former Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Granville) for helping
make the appropriation part of a $30 billion capital development bill signed by
Gov. Quinn in 2009. The proposal was also supported by the 12 other legislators
serving parts of IVCC’s district.
“Frank and Gary were especially
crucial in working with the CDB on a plan that would pass the legislature and
earn the Governor’s signature,” Corcoran noted. “They really stepped up to the
plate when we needed them and got the job done.”
Gov. Quinn’s jobs program includes $1.5 billion for
higher education, including $788 million for
public universities and $400 million for community colleges. The program is expected to create 439,000 construction jobs.
Corcoran, who completed his third
year as president in April, said the CTC would significantly bolster the
college’s ability to serve the district well into the future.
progressive board, legislators and Gov. Quinn have seized a once in a lifetime
opportunity that will significantly improve every students’ experience at IVCC
as well as economic development and employment opportunity throughout our
district,” he said.
“This is another example of
what happens when good people come together for a common cause – great things
happen!” said Corcoran.