A press from McHenry County College:
McHenry County College and the Friends of MCC Foundation Announce Lead Donor and Initial Capital Campaign Information for Science Center Project
[September 22, 2016.Crystal Lake, IL] McHenry County College (MCC) and the Friends of MCC Foundation have announced a lead pledge that will launch a capital campaign to build a new Science Center on the College’s Crystal Lake campus.
This generous pledge by the Liebman Family represents a strong cornerstone for the Science Center’s campaign.
In gratitude of the $5 million being donated by the Charles Liebman family, the science building will be named after them.
In recognition of this substantial pledge, the College will name the building the Liebman Science Center, in honor of the Liebman family’s generosity.
“We are extremely grateful for this gift by Charles Liebman and his family,” said MCC president, Dr. Clint Gabbard. “MCC’s new Liebman Science Center will allow the College to continue providing the community with the highest of educational opportunities, all in a state-of-the-art learning environment that encourages collaboration and innovation among students and faculty.”
The Liebman Science Center will create additional space for science classes and labs that will better meet the needs of students in a variety of programs, and will provide a learning environment conducive to educating all students, including science majors, transfer students, and adults seeking training to enhance their job skills or pursue a new career.
The new facility will provide the best use of space to support existing science programs, such as biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics and engineering, and earth science.
It also will support students who are enrolled in a number of health care degree programs, including the areas of nursing, occupational therapy assistant, health information technology, emergency medical technician, basic nursing assistant, patient care technician, and the newest program coming in 2017, physical therapist assistant.
“Future students of all ages from across our community deserve a quality learning environment that matches their intent to be the best they can be in their chosen field. With nearly every student at MCC passing through our science programs at some point, this project will positively impact the level of success that our students achieve in the classroom, which also directly supports our mission,” said Gabbard.
The 31,670 square-foot, two-story building will be located adjacent to Building E on the College’s Crystal Lake Campus that will include labs for science work, a cadaver lab, student resource lab, a lecture hall, two prep rooms, and a planetarium.
The Liebman Science Center project cost of $16.8 million will be paid for through a combination of funds raised through the capital campaign, as well as college funds and student fees. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and move into 2018. A steering committee has been established to manage the project’s capital campaign, which will officially launch in late 2016. The committee, comprised of community leaders, Board members, faculty, and employees, will begin meeting in October for initial planning sessions.
Mr. Charles Liebman, with his wife, Mary, also donated The Portrait in Print Collection to the Friends of MCC Foundation.
He expressed his support of this effort because of his long-time commitment to MCC and his belief that community members need to support their community’s college.
“As a citizen, I am delighted to participate in this effort,” Liebman said.
“I feel that community involvement in the College is a basic part of our responsibility.”