PHOTO: Present and
former IVCC trustees break ground for the new Peter Miller Community Technology
Center Thursday. They are former student trustee David Zallis, left, trustees
Mike Driscoll, David Mallery and Jim Narczewski, President Jerry Corcoran,
board chair Dennis Thompson, former trustee Tom Setchell, student trustee Brad
Cockrel and board secretary Jeanne Hayden.
IVCC breaks ground on $30.5 million CTC project
2011: Illinois Valley Community College today celebrated another historic
milestone by breaking ground on the nearly 80,000-square-foot Peter Miller
Community Technology Center.
Though actual construction of the new building will not
begin until spring, IVCC today joined with representatives from the state’s
Capital Development Board and Miller Group Charitable Trust to symbolically
launch the $30.5 project.
A crowd of about 75, including district legislators,
union representatives, construction officials, IVCC employees, trustees,
Foundation directors, student government representatives and capital campaign
steering committee members huddled under brisk 35-degree temperatures on the
east side of the Cultural Centre.
late 2013, this new building will be home to many of our technical programs
like computer-aided design and drafting, computer numerical control,
electronics and industrial electricity, wind energy maintenance, and
manufacturing; as well as our student service programs like admissions and
records, financial aid, counseling, Project Success, career services,
continuing education and adult education,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
with construction of the Miller CTC, the project will include demolition of east
campus temporary buildings the college has used since 1968 and other facility
credited Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn, the General Assembly and CDB for their
part in providing $22.8 million toward construction. He specifically recognized
Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) and former Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Granville) for
“playing critical roles in moving the project through the House and Senate for
said, “This is a great day for IVCC and for opportunity in the Illinois
agreed, saying, “Starting today, the future is a lot brighter in the Illinois
Robert Pritchard (R-Hinckley) credited Dahl and Mautino for working tirelessly
to improve education in Illinois through projects such as the CTC.
Underwood, Executive Director of the Capital Development Board added, “Rep.
Mautino wore out three cell phones asking me about this tech center.”
month, IVCC announced a $1 million gift from Miller Group Charitable Trust to
name the building The Peter Miller Community Technology Center for the late
Peter Miller, Jr., and his late son Pete. At the groundbreaking, Corcoran
praised Miller Trust representatives Cathy Miller and Joyce McCullough “for
their outstanding expression of support to IVCC.”
said along with enhanced facilities for students, the project will have a
significant economic impact on the district.
completed, this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility will be filled with
cutting-edge training equipment being used by our students and award-winning
faculty. Seeing several of our local economic development directors here,
reminds me that from an economic development standpoint, we’ll be sending a
powerful message to business and industry representatives interested in coming
to the Illinois Valley, that IVCC will do a great job of training your
employees at a very reasonable cost.”
trustee Brad Cockrel was among the first students to review plans for the CTC
two years ago.
“We were all very excited to see a new
IVCC,” he said adding, “and two years later, here we are. It is exciting and
empowering to see how the choices of the previous students will impact the
education of future students.”
Corcoran closed the
ceremony saying, “To all of you who have shown your commitment to IVCC for so
many years, you have my word that every day we will work hard to make you proud
and continue to build upon the reputation IVCC has earned over 87 years as a
premier teaching and learning institution.”