JJC board votes Tuesday on expansion plan
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2013 4:04PM
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:41AM
The Joliet Junior College board is slated to vote Tuesday on a plan to hike student fees and issue $45 million in bonds to finance a multipurpose center and expansion of the Romeoville campus.
College officials said the plan is aimed at providing needed space on the main campus in Joliet and to serve fast-growing enrollment at the Romeoville campus.
“It’s the next step in the master plan, which was undertaken six years ago,” board Chairman Andrew Mihelich said Friday.
The master plan has included a number of projects, including the new building now under construction in downton Joliet.
Mihelich said students have expressed willingness to pay the $4 increase in capital assessment fees that would be used to pay off the bonds.
That fee will go from $17 per credit hour to $21 under the proposal.
The fee increase and bonds will be taken up at a special meeting at 6 p.m. in the college board room on the main campus.
The Romeoville plan would add space to existing buildings on that campus. JJC officials say that enrollment has grown by 45 percent in Romeovlle from 2002 to 2012.
The new main campus building would be used for athletic activities, Mihelich said, although details of the plan have not been specified. The multipurpose building also would provide a large space that could be used for graduation ceremonies, as well as conferences and conventions.
Mihelich said the space available at the main campus now is no longer adequate for JJC graduations.
“We haven’t been able to hold a graduation ceremony at Joliet Junior College for three years,” he said. “We use space at Lewis (University in Romeoville).”
He said the college hopes to attract conferences and conventions to make use of the large space throughout the year.