CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Martin A. Sandoval, along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado break ground at the future site of the $45 million Daley College Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center, expected to be completed in 2018—allowing students to commence classes in the new space in January 2019.
“This is a significant investment to improve the quality of life and the future workforce of tomorrow, particularly the men and women of the southwest side of Chicago,” said Senator Sandoval. “Manufacturing is not a thing of the past. It currently exists. It is a significant employer in this country, here in the midwest, and here in Chicago.”
The future 57,000-square foot state of the art facility will prepare Chicagoans in the southwest side to secure 20,000 manufacturing and engineering jobs coming to the region in the next decade. Daley College students will be prepared for the technological changes occurring in the engineering and manufacturing industries, as firms move towards developing “intelligent factories” that integrate automation and quality assurance.
“The Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center at Richard J. Daley College will prepare our students with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in a 21st century highly-specialized, technology-oriented economy,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We are making unprecedented investments across our City College campuses to support graduates in seizing the thousands of opportunities in engineering and manufacturing.”
The new center will incorporate manufacturing high bay space, three classrooms, five engineering/manufacturing labs, two computer labs, and administrative space as well as a pedestrian bridge connecting the center to the existing college building that includes student collaboration spaces. It will help prepare students to seize the projected 660 annual job openings in engineering and 1,400 annual openings in advanced manufacturing in Cook County over the next decade.