South Suburban College getting $35.8 M for healthcare teaching center


South Suburban College in South Holland will receive $35.8 million in state funding to build a facility geared toward teaching students pursuing careers in healthcare, according to the school and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office.

The funding is part of the state’s Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Plans call for a 130,000-square-foot, four-story building estimated to cost about $70 million, with nearly $17 million in state funding already provided for the project, according to the governor’s office.

South Suburban noted that about 24% of students at the college study fields, including nursing and related healthcare professions, and that the facility will meet growing demand for healthcare education and training.

The facility will provide training for careers in areas including registered nursing, nursing assistants, community healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians and medical records and medical coding specialists, according to the college.

It also will provide space for new educational programs in fields including dental hygiene, respiratory technician, physical therapy assistant, and patient care technician, in addition to a community health center and child care center, according to South Suburban.

The college serves more than 9,000 students annually.

“This state-of-the-art facility will provide training for thousands of students seeking careers in medical fields, ensuring they can meet the jobs of today and providing a critical investment to the south suburban community,” the governor said in a news release announcing the state funding.

Frank Zuccarelli, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, said the state funds will enable South Suburban to provide “teaching and lab facilities that will allow us to both expand and enhance our current healthcare programs, as well as bring new exciting curriculum to our students to prepare them for highly skilled, in-demand jobs.”