(Chicago, IL) — October 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn yesterday announced $2.1 million for infrastructure and energy-efficiency projects at South Suburban College in Holland.
“As a former community college teacher, I know the importance of doing everything we can to support education in Illinois,” said Quinn. “This capital funding will help South Suburban College increase its energy efficiency…”
The nearly $2.1 million will help replace many of the college’s older, inefficient perimeter windows with new models. The old, breakdown-prone chillers in the school’s gymnasium and performance arts center will also be replaced with new, energy-efficient units.
South Suburban College, located on a flood plain, currently has below-grade electrical and mechanical systems. 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,” said Jim Riemer, Executive Director of the Illinois Capital Development Board, which manages the state’s non-road construction projects.
According to American School Search, South Suburban College student retention rate is 52%, below the Illinois average. Additionally, The graduation rate at South Suburban, which has a student-to-faculty ration of 64:1, is 14%. Approximately 40% of the school’s undergraduates transfer to other colleges.
Founded in 1927, South Suburban College, a two-year community college, aims to prepare students for four-year degree programs at its affiliated institutions.