INA, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2011 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Rend Lake College today announced more than $450,000 in funding has been released under Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding program to expand the college’s art program. The project will create construction jobs for the area and add 2,200 square feet of much needed space for art students at the college.
Identified as a need at RLC in the early 1980s, the 2,200 square-feet art addition will expand integral areas of the art program such as ceramics and sculpture, and print making. It will also provide for more storage space and a dark room.
“On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Rend Lake College, I thank Governor Quinn for funding this project through his Illinois Jobs Now! program,” said RLC President Charley D. Holstein. “I also thank our legislators for the work they did to make our request a reality and for continuing to support this college.”
Area legislators include Rep. Mike Bost (R-115th), Rep. John Bradley (D-117th), Rep. John Cavaletto (R-107th), Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-118th), Rep. David Reis (R-108th), Sen. Gary Forby (D-59th), Sen. John O. Jones (R-54th), and Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-58th).
According to RLC Physical Plant Director Randall Shively, the college’s next step is to go through a selection process for an architect. The Capital Development Board, which administers all non-road, state-funded construction projects, will then review the college’s selection for approval. Shively said current plans call for three openings to be made in the northwest wall of the existing art room. A new 2,200 square-feet room will be built and the existing art room will take on some renovations.
“This is great news for the college and our student body, especially those students learning in cramped conditions in our art department,” Holstein added. “This addition will not only double the size of our art facilities, but it will make every facet of the program accessible to students with disabilities and utilize the latest construction methods for safety. Also, the theatre program will be able to reclaim backstage space currently being used for art classes.”
Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! program includes $1.5 billion for higher education, including $788 million for public universities and $400 million for community colleges. The $31 billion program will create 439,000 jobs over six years.