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Oakton College receives $60,000 from Rivers Casino

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Oakton Community College has received a $60,000 donation from Rivers Casino in Des Plaines to support the college's new Science and Health Careers Center under construction at its Des Plaines campus. The donation is part of $500,000 the casino recently awarded 16 organizations throughout Des Plaines and the Chicago area.

Oakton's 93,000-square-foot center, scheduled to open in 2014, will house state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and other teaching facilities for the college's anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, earth science, medical laboratory technology, nursing, physics, and physical therapy assistant programs.

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Rivers Casino funds will underwrite the purchase of 12 hospital beds for the center's nursing lab, as well as eight motorized "high-lo" treatment tables and two treatment-traction tables for the physical therapy lab. Treatment-traction tables correctly position specific body parts for appropriate therapy.

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