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Gov. Quinn comes to Morton College to announce $4.5M grant

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 1:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 2:16 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak - mpiechalak@shawmedia.com)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks to the crowd during a press conference at Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave. in Cicero on Wednesday. Quinn announced a $4.5 million capital investment project that will fund the construction of a 10-classroom addition, intended to accommodate rising enrollment at the college.

CICERO – Gov. Pat Quinn brought several million dollars worth of good news to Morton Junior College Wednesday – namely a $4.5 million capital investment project for the college to expand as demand grows.

Provided through Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! program, the grant will be used to build a 10-classroom addition on the college campus,3801 S. Central Ave. in Cicero, to meet the demands of a steadily growing enrollment, particularly among Hispanic students

Morton College is the largest, two-year, public, Hispanic-serving college east of the Mississippi River, according to officials.

"The investment will help Morton College meet the needs of its current and future student body, so graduates can receiver a good education and make a difference in the world," Quinn told a packed cafeteria crowd of students, educators and public officials.

Morton College President Dana Grove said there has not been any new construction at Morton since it was built on the 1970s, and the proposed two-story addition will serve general education classes and allow the college to expandits career and technical education programs.

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