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ENR Midwest Names City Colleges 'Owner of the Year'

3/24/2014 12:00 AM

Century-old City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is rebuilding from the ground up. On a parcel on Chicago's near west side, crews are drilling caissons for the new Malcolm X College School of Health, a $251-million, 500,000-sq-ft community college that will provide hands-on training for careers in health science with simulated hospital spaces and patient rooms. ...

Here, course work will prepare students, many from lower-income households, to advance to a four-year college or to an entry-level position in health science. Some may gain employment as technicians, others as physicians' assistants. 

"The goal is to equip them with the skills to function as an asset to an organization from Day 1," says David Sanders, CCC deputy chief operating officer. 

To the south and west, in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood, crews have broken ground on a new $44.8-million Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Center at CCC's Olive-Harvey College. When complete, the 103,000-sq-ft TDL, designed by Oak Brook, Ill.-based FGM Architects, will house automotive and diesel engine laboratories, simulated driving facilities, a testing center and vehicle bays. In addition to taxi and truck-driving training, students will learn to operate forklifts and repair and maintain engines and mechanical equipment. Like Malcolm X, TDL will benefit from being adjacent to related industry, in this case a major regional rail hub. 

In all, CCC is spending $500 million to upgrade its facilities, beginning with TDL and Malcolm X. ...

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