SPRINGFIELD (WTWO/WAWV) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday that 15 Illinois community colleges, including two in the Wabash Valley, will receive more than $103.5 million to expand and construct facilities.
The state funding is part of the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, and will provide local Lincoln Trail and Olney Central colleges with $8.4 million and $2.3 million, respectively.
The funds will be used to invest in technology centers on campus, with Lincoln Trail constructing a new building for several technical programs and Olney Central creating an applied technology center for health instruction and more computer labs.
Governor Pritzker cited the value of community colleges for work force development, and said, “As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economy…, it is more critical than ever that we continue to invest in the state’s educational institutions.”
The Rebuild Illinois program is the first capital plan in Illinois in nearly a decade, and will invest $45 billion in state infrastructure and education, as well as creating over an estimated half-billion jobs over the next six years.