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Students to help build IVVC’s new health wing

From left, Amy Smith, Newark High School superintendent and IVVC board chair; Dan Joyce, past IVVC chair; John Diederich, chief operating officer of Rush Copley Hospital; Amie Cory of the DeKalb County Community Foundation; Alethia Hummel, executive director of the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce; and Ron Pieper, director of IVVC, break ground on the vocational school's new health addition.
From left, Amy Smith, Newark High School superintendent and IVVC board chair; Dan Joyce, past IVVC chair; John Diederich, chief operating officer of Rush Copley Hospital; Amie Cory of the DeKalb County Community Foundation; Alethia Hummel, executive director of the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce; and Ron Pieper, director of IVVC, break ground on the vocational school's new health addition.

Ground was broken on July 2 for a four-classroom health wing addition at Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich.

The new space will be used for health career programs by students from the 11 districts that share the center. IVVC plans to use reserve funds and donations to cover the expected $1 million cost of the addition, and to only ask the 11 school districts that participate in the technical education center for funding if there is a shortfall. Construction is expected to start in July and be completed by the start of the 2015 school year.

Students in IVVC’s construction technology class, with help and supervision from local contractors, will build the interior after the shell is completed by Lite Construction to help keep down the total cost. Registration for the construction technology class is still open, so interested students should contact their home schools regarding this hands-on opportunity.

Rush-Copley Hospital and the DeKalb County Community Foundation are the largest contributors to the project to date, and the IVVC board is grateful for their support. The foundation drive to help fund this project is still under way; anyone interested in contributing should contact the school office at 815-786-7616.

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