Olive-Harvey College getting high-tech addition

March 13, 2012 5:44:15 AM PDT
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn are expected to announce a makeover for a city college.

Big changes are in store for Olive-Harvey College on the Far South Side.

The plan is to construct a new high-tech building at Olive-Harvey. A spokesperson for the governor says funding for the new building will come from capital funding from the Illinois Jobs Now program.

The mayor's office says the new facility will prepare and train students for jobs in transportation-related fields.

This is the second such targeted career training program announced by the mayor's office. Last month, Emanuel announced that the city was investing hundreds of millions in capital money and other new borrowing to build a new Malcolm X College on the West Side. Students there are going to be trained for jobs in the medical profession, such as nursing.

About 5,000 students attend Olive-Harvey, which has the largest campus of all of the city colleges.