Building G, which has housed the gymnasium and fitness center for decades at Moraine Valley Community College, will now become home to the Student Success Center. Members of the Board of Trustees, administrators, staff, and faculty broke ground for the new facility on June 17.
The $9.6 million expansion and renovation of Building G, the first permanent structure on campus, will be home to several departments and student services. The new-student orientation program, a computer lab and student lounge will be located on the first floor. The second floor will house the Honors Program, Student Success Department, Testing Services, Tutoring Center, Veterans Resource Center, and separate offices for a counselor and advisor. Personal study areas also will be available to students. The “bridge,” linking Buildings G and A, also will get a make-over with new furniture and a bank of open computers. The gym and locker rooms will remain for the foreseeable future.
“I would like to thank our Board of Trustees for all of their support of this project, and for their ongoing efforts to provide the resources that allow us to initiate projects like this. They share our commitment to ensuring that students have the help they need to be successful while at Moraine Valley,” Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, college president, said at the ceremony.
“The Moraine Valley Foundation also has been an integral part in supporting this—and many other—projects to assist our students. In fact, the Foundation has generously donated to the Student Success Center for the past two years, and they have committed to one more year—for a total donation of $480,000. We are so grateful for their continuing support,” Dr. Jenkins said.
“I would like to personally thank each of the faculty and staff members for their hard work. It is your dedication that makes a difference in the lives of our students every day,” I know our students will benefit from having a centralized location to access the services they need. It will ease the transition for new students and provide a convenient place for students to go for assistance. I look forward to seeing the center open in 2016, added Board Chairman Joseph Murphy.
“Since Moraine Valley’s inception nearly five decades ago, we have put our students at the forefront of all we do. Whenever we are faced with a decision, we consider how the actions we take will affect our students. So, the idea of supporting students is certainly not new around here. Having a dedicated place where many of the services we offer to provide that support is merely an extension of what we have always done. And it will be a wonderful addition to the campus,” President Jenkins said.
The Center is expected to be completed for the start of the 2016-17 school year.