Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage will expand instruction

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – College of DuPage will expand its instruction for emergency first responders after its Board of Trustees approved contracts for Phase II of the Homeland Security Training Institute on Oct. 17, according to the college’s website.

The COD Board of Trustees unanimously OK’d architectural and construction management contracts for the $16 million project, which is expected to be completed spring 2015.

Phase II will be located near the existing Homeland Security Education Center, built in October 2011 on the Glen Ellyn campus.

The Phase II facility will provide additional instruction for advanced firearms training, interactive “shoot/don’t shoot” simulation and weapons cleaning and repair training.

The facility will include multifunction instructional spaces, such as state-of-the-art simulators and dual prep rooms for safety inspections, gear readiness and additional training monitoring.

Because of a low number of first responder training facilities in the Midwest region, COD officials expect to attract trainees from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota and Michigan with the new facility.

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