Malcolm X College Gets New $251 Million Campus

Malcolm X College Gets New $251 Million Campus

Malcolm X College will get a new $251 million campus. The effort is part of Rahm Emanuel's plan to turn community colleges into a pipeline for health-care jobs.

Published February 22, 2012

Malcolm X will be remembered in Chicago in a new way, literally.


Malcolm X College will get a new $251 million campus, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.


The new two-building, 500,000 square-foot campus is part of the mayor’s effort to turn community colleges into a pipeline for health care jobs, the industry Emanuel says will be a major growth area in Chicago. The $251 million building will house a 1,500-space parking garage and will include state-of-the-art facilities to train the students. The new campus is part of a $479 million, five-year capital plan for the seven-campus City Colleges of Chicago system.


“For too long, the City Colleges have been off on the sidelines. I want to put ‘em back on the playing field,” the mayor said.


The project is expected to create up to 2,000 construction jobs at Malcolm X alone. Approximately 84,000 Chicago-area health-care industry jobs will be created over the next eight years, he estimates.


Other colleges in the area will focus on information technology, high-tech manufacturing, hospitality and business.


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Written by Danielle Wright

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