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ICCB Executive Director Visits JALC

Published on February 23, 2024

Illinois Community College Board Executive Director Dr. Brian Durham visits welding class at John A. Logan College.

Illinois Community College Board Executive Director Dr. Brian Durham toured John A. Logan College on Thursday, visiting the College’s Career and Technical Education programs. Durham met with college officials to discuss the governor’s proposed budget and toured the College to see the state-of-the-art equipment JALC students use for training. 

Assistant Vice President of Construction, Planning, & Facilities Management Jeremy Sargent unveiled the current architectural renderings of the 8-million-dollar CTE building renovations and additions project. The College is expected to break ground later this year on the facility, funded partially by a 4.2-million-dollar grant that the College received from the Economic Development Administration in 2022. 

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. 

The tour’s highlights included welding demonstrations, auto body paint simulators, and criminal justice training 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 visit came just days after the Illinois Community College Board announced 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.