Why are we building/renovating?
Our district’s citizens, local businesses, and K12 partners rely on Parkland College to help meet their technical and occupational needs. Many school districts have been unable to replace the faculty and technology required to offer even the most basic career-oriented programs. Increasingly, Parkland College is called upon to provide patchwork solutions for students interested in the health professions, the skilled trades, automotive technologies, welding, and computer-related fields. We have a duty to respond to these needs.
Enrollment growth has surpassed our current facility. The campus was constructed in 1973 and designed to serve an average of 9000 students. Today more than 20,000 students take Parkland courses each year.
Simply put, we are out of space and have been limited in our ability to maintain our facilities out of our operating revenues and PHS (protection, health, safety) funds that are locally generated by tuition and property taxes. Our needs far surpass available funds.
Overcrowded classrooms and technology labs; leaky roofs, windows, and doors; antiquated gymnasium and elevators; and nine years without state assistance brought us to a point where significant action was needed.
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