Friday, 07 February 2014 23:47

Transportation-Training Ctr Begins $45M Project

Structural work on a $45 million transportation-training center will begin soon at Chicago’s Olive Harvey College. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman to break ground on the $45 million project. The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Center will be at Olive-Harvey College and will be the first of its kind in Illinois. It is designed to prepare students for more than 100,000 jobs expected in the Chicago area over the next decade. The construction project itself will create 150 jobs. The center will have space for training students in automotive technology and training, collision repair, diesel engine technology and aviation mechanics. It will also have an area for supply chain management, including a warehouse and simulation labs; and taxi, truck driver and forklift training. Gov. Pat Quinn announced that $4.6 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program for structural work. The building should be completed by fall 2015. The center is being funded by $31 million in state funds, $13 million from the City Colleges of Chicago and $1 million from the Illinois Community College.

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