Up to $900,000 in in capital funding has been released to benefit William Rainey Harper College in Palatine as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget approved by lawmakers in late May. The capital program was appropriated as part of the current Fiscal Year 2019 state budget.
“William Raney Harper College is known nation-wide for their excellence in education,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “This capital investment will help the college to build a state of the art, world class Engineering and Technology Center that will draw the best and brightest students. It is another example of how we are investing more in higher education to better prepare our students for the 21st century economy.”
The funds allocated to Harper College will be used for renovations and other improvements to the community college’s Engineering & Technology Center. The Center opened in 2014 and houses enhanced facilities to accommodate the growing demand for career training programs that lead directly to jobs such as manufacturing, welding, architectural technology, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), maintenance technology, law enforcement and fire science.
“These dollars are key investments in the infrastructure of Illinois’ institutions of higher education. Harper’s Engineering and Technology Center is leading the way down a relatively new path in keeping Illinois’ cutting-edge and top-notch workforce,” said State Senator Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows). “The state fulfilling its commitment to Harper is an important step in serving the students, residents, and businesses of the 27th District.”
“Industry in the Northwest suburbs needs qualified, capable employees, and this resource center helps provide the necessary training for people to fill these jobs and grow the Illinois economy,” said State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine). “This area pays a lot in income and property taxes, and I am pleased to see nearly a million dollars in State funds coming back to an institution that serves so many families in the 54th District and beyond.”
Having been approved, the Comptroller now has authority to release the funding to Harper College to complete improvements to the Engineering & Technology Center once costs begin to be incurred.
The Fiscal Year 2019 capital initiatives appropriated in the final budget included $100 million to address needs of higher education facilities, including the funding necessary to complete ongoing construction and repair projects, as well as financing to begin new maintenance and infrastructure improvement projects.