Richard J. Daley College prepares to build $75 million advanced manufacturing training centre

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Chicago plans to build a $75 million training center at Richard J. Daley College to prepare students for jobs in the technology-driven manufacturing enterprises.

Construction on the 105,000-sq. ft. Daley Center for Excellence on the school’s campus near 76th St. and Pulaski Rd. in the Ashburn neighborhood is expected to begin next spring and be open to students by August 2017, the mayor’s office has announced.

The modernization at Daley marks the fourth major College to Careers capital project at Chicago City Colleges (CCC) since 2011, the mayor’s office said in a news release.

City Colleges will work with the Public Building Commission (PBC) to oversee the construction, which will also include a 30,000 sq. ft.  bridge that will straddle 76th St., linking the main Daley College building with the new manufacturing center so that students can easily access a central one-stop shop for student services, including tutors, advisors, registration, testing, disability access, wellness, and other supports.

The announcement said the community participation goals will be: MBE: 25 percent, WBE: 7 percent, and worker participation: 40 percent Chicago residents, 12 percent community residents, 30 percent minority trade workers, 7 percent female trade workers, and 5 percent City Colleges alumni/students.

PBC is set to approve the project at its June board meeting.

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