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Harper, ECC hold tours of joint Education and Work Center

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  • Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig receives a gift from Elgin Community College President David Sam during the opening of the Education and Work Center Thursday.

       Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig receives a gift from Elgin Community College President David Sam during the opening of the Education and Work Center Thursday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Hanover Park contributed about $715,000 to renovate this space and add classrooms. Both Harper and Elgin Community colleges will hold free courses at the center.

       Hanover Park contributed about $715,000 to renovate this space and add classrooms. Both Harper and Elgin Community colleges will hold free courses at the center.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

After years of planning, the long-awaited Education and Work Center opened Thursday in Hanover Park, a novel facility that puts two community colleges under one roof with resources for the unemployed.

Elgin Community College and Harper College held a ceremony that drew state lawmakers and offered tours of the 10,900-square-foot space at 6704 Barrington Road, in the Hanover Square shopping center.

Harper and ECC will contribute $250,000 annually for three years for operations. The village kicked in about $715,000 to renovate the piece of the strip mall.

Both schools will offer free, adult education courses, and counseling on financial aid and scholarships. In addition, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership will provide job training.

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