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OCC Breaks Ground on $1.1 million Collision Repair Technology Center

Groundbreaking Ceremony Photo

The Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) and Olney Central College officials today broke ground on the $1.1 million Collision Repair Technology Center at OCC. Funded by Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward. The project will be overseen by CDB, the state’s construction management agency.

 “Olney Central College is an educational hub for eastern Illinois, and this new center will help them offer more opportunities for students to train for in-demand careers,” CDB Director Jim Underwood said. “The project will also employ a number of construction workers, which will drive the local economy forward.”

 “The four colleges of the IECC system all benefit from this new construction.  Students from throughout the district will use this building,” Terry Bruce, chief executive officer of the four college Illinois Eastern Community Colleges system said. “Governor Quinn knows the importance of community colleges to a vibrant Illinois future.  Senator Righter and Representative Reis have consistently supported IECC and all the community colleges in the area.  We thank them for their work and thank Governor Quinn for this new building,”

 “This building will add value to the college’s effort to train students for the jobs here in southeastern Illinois,” Olney Central College President Rodney Ranes said. “When added to our existing buildings containing auto repair, welding and industrial maintenance, this new building improves the college’s ability to exceed the training needs of our career and technical students and will have a significant impact on the student experience in the classroom.”

 The 8,000-square-foot Collision Repair Technology Center will include 4,400 square feet of classroom and laboratory space for the college’s Collision Repair Technology program as well as expanded laboratory opportunities for the Automotive Service Technology and Welding programs.  

 The construction project involves four contracts. Shores Builders, Inc. of Centralia was the lowest of four bidders for the general construction work with a quote of $711,156. B & S Plumbing and Heating, Inc. of Terre Haute was the lower of two bidders for the plumbing work at $166,846. The electrical contract was awarded to Skill Electric, LLC of Vincennes for $148,250. And the ventilation work will be done by Heartland Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Murphysboro, the lowest of four bidders at $84,500.    

“It is important to support new opportunities for education and job-training, which will not only benefit the students who will benefit from these expanded career options and opportunities, but the school as a whole,” State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) said.

 Olney Central College is a community college that offers a wide range of two-year transfer programs as well as career and technical programs. Olney Central is a member of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529 along with Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, and Wabash Valley College. OCC has been serving the residents and communities in the area and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.     

The Olney Central College project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation.

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