SOUTH HOLLAND – October 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced approximately $2.1 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding for infrastructure and energy-efficiency improvements at South Suburban College. The capital funding will go towards making critical repairs and upgrades at the community college that serves more than 17,000 students in South Holland.
“As a former community college teacher, I know the importance of doing everything we can to support education in Illinois,” said Governor Quinn. “This capital funding will help South Suburban College increase its energy efficiency while ensuring that it has the facilities it needs to provide the best education possible.”
The nearly $2.1 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding will help replace many of the college’s older, inefficient perimeter windows with new models that will better conserve energy. The old, breakdown-prone chillers in the school’s gymnasium and performance arts center will also be replaced with new, energy-efficient units. These improvements will help keep students and faculty more comfortable while dramatically increasing the school’s energy efficiency.
South Suburban College is located on a flood plain and has many critical electrical and mechanical systems located below grade. A new sanitary lift station emergency generator will better protect the school’s wastewater and rainwater systems. The funding will also replace worn-out carpeting in the school’s classrooms with durable vinyl tile. Additionally, six restrooms in the main building will be renovated, including new fixtures, flooring and partitions.
“This project helps us continue our mission to create construction jobs while improving educational opportunities for people across Illinois. Everybody wins with this Illinois Jobs Now! project,” said Jim Riemer, Executive Director of the Capital Development Board, which manages the state’s non-road construction projects.
Founded in 1927, South Suburban College is dedicated to preparing students for four-year degree programs at its affiliated institutions. In addition to academic preparation, the college also provides job training through partnerships with local businesses, and assistance with career development for those seeking to work in business technology, health services and a number of other fields.