(Lake Land College President Dr. Josh Bullock speaking at the press conference.)
A press conference was held Tuesday at the Effingham Unit 40 office to announce plans for the development of the Effingham Regional Career Academy. The facility will be built on the Lake Land College Kluthe Center campus in Effingham.
The purpose of the facility is to teach the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the current and future job market. A key point at the press conference was that this effort is a collaboration from a number of entities. Along with Lake Land College, local school districts, the chamber of commerce, and area businesses and organizations have worked together on this project
The facility is estimated to cost $12,124,800 to build. The plan is for $9,093,600 of that to come from the state, with the remaining $3,031,200 coming from local funding. The state will still need to approve a funding plan, but once that is in place it is estimated to take 34-36 months to complete the project.
Speakers at the press conference included Lake Land College President Dr. Josh Bullock, Versatech President and Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Joe Forbes, Altamont Unit 10 Superintendent Jeff Fritchnitch, and Effingham Unit 40 Superintendent Mark Doan.