OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) – A Stateline school will soon get a new addition that will be beneficial for the whole town thanks to a group that makes it their mission to give away money to groups and local students.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is giving away more than one million dollars to 54 grant recipients. Two of the major ones include the Oregon Community School District and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.
The Oregon School District plans to use the money to create a state of the art welding lab. They also want to open that space up to Highland Community College and area manufacturers to use.
“I think what will make this facility so unique is not the equipment, you can get the equipment anywhere, it's the fact that our kids are going to be able to work with and be mentored by local manufacturers who are currently in practice to make sure what we're teaching and what they're experiencing is going to be the experience they're receiving in the work place,” says Oregon Schools Superintendent Tom Mahoney.
The grant to the College of Medicine will give the school over $180,000 to purchase new labs in order to bring 55 more medical students to the school every year.