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An angled rendering of the new Nashville education center, to be located north of Nashville in Washington County.

A rendering of the new Nashville education center, provided by the BLDD Architectural Firm.

Kaskaskia College Approves Nashville Education Center Design

The Kaskaskia College Board has taken another step forward on the new Nashville Education Center.  

The board Monday night approved the design of the new 12,000 square foot facility that will be constructed on Route 127 on the northside of Nashville.  The facility will replace a 3,500 square foot rented facility and will feature increased classroom space and a dedicated science lab, nursing lab and a distance learning and a computer lab that will also be open to the public.  It will also provide space for three business incubators to facilitate the creation of new business and enhance the local economy.  

The estimated cost of the project is placed at $3,055,000.  Of the total amount, $1,770,000 will be funded in bonds issued by the college, with the other $1,285,000 to be raised in a local capitol campaign.  

The kickoff for the campaign is set for October 11th at the construction site.  The new Nashville Education Center could be ready for occupancy as soon as the Spring semester of 2015.   

College President Dr. Jim Underwood is optimistic of reaching the goal, noting the new campus has received an extremely positive response throughout Washington County.   

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