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JALC to Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month with a Visit from ICCB Executive Director Dr. Brian Durham on Thursday, February 22

Published on February 20, 2024

Executive Director Dr. Brian Durham and Illinois Community College Board representatives will visit with faculty and students in John A. Logan College’s Career and Technical Education programs on Thursday, February 22.

February is Career and Technical Education Month, a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

Highlights of the tour will include demonstrations of welding, auto body, and criminal justice simulators. A tour and demonstration of the College’s new state-of-the-art mobile ambulance. A tour of nursing classrooms, tutoring room, and the College’s Habitat for Humanity Construction project.

The College is expected to break ground later this year on a new Career and Technical Education building funded by a 4.2-million-dollar grant that the College received from the Economic Development Administration in 2022.

The Illinois Community College Board announced earlier this week that John A. Logan College is one of 12 community colleges to receive a grant to help implement virtual reality equipment into existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the state. 

Overall, the funding will allow recipient colleges to purchase VR hardware and software to recruit and instruct students in various workforce training programs for industries including but not limited to healthcare, criminal justice, manufacturing, and HVAC. John A. Logan College will receive $49,840 to purchase equipment for the criminal justice program.

John A. Logan College President, Dr. Kirk Overstreet, is excited to welcome Durham to the campus to see firsthand the success of the College’s programs and the future for expansion.

“CTE Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about these important programs. We are pleased that Dr. Durham will be on-site to visit with our students and staff and to share with him the plans for our new facility that will completely transform and modernize our Career and Technical teaching and training abilities,” Overstreet said.

The event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 with a demonstration of the College’s Criminal Justice training simulator, followed by a welding simulator demonstration at 9:50; a nursing classroom and tutoring room at 10:10. An EMS mobile ambulance at 10:50, a Habitat for Humanity Construction presentation at 11:10 and an autobody paint booth demonstration at 11:30. The schedule is subject to change. Contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe with questions or requests at 618-925-0710 or