Local Community Colleges Receive Funding for Critical Capital Projects

HARRISBURG – Three area community colleges will be receiving funding for emergency or deferred maintenance projects on campus.

According to a press release from State Sen. Dale Fowler’s office, funds from the recently approved Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget have been allocated to Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, John A. Logan College in Carterville and Shawnee Community College in Ullin to either begin or complete much-needed maintenance projects on campuses.

John A Logan College will receive $254,625 in funding to begin the architecture and engineering phase for the replacement of an elevator at the west entrance to the facility. Funding has been allotted for this project to update the existing elevator, ensuring the students have improved access and that the structures meets current ADA standards.

Meanwhile, Shawnee Community College has been allocated $74,200 in funding for extensive repairs to the existing HVAC system on campus. As the current system overheats and is not efficient, funds will go toward critical updates to the campus’ heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.  

Southeastern Illinois College will also receive $101,735 in funds for ongoing repairs to the Library and Learning Commons area. Funding for this project will be directed toward replacing water damaged ceilings and lighting in the college library.

In total, community colleges across the state were appropriated approximately $150 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2019.