December 2013

Illinois provides $500,000 grant to fund Oakton Community College state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab

The Park hosted The Nanotechnology Employment, Education and Economic Development Initiative (NE3I) on December 11, 2013. NE3I provided a tour and demonstration of Oakton Community College's state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab housed at the Park.  The program was part of an official announcement by Adam Pollet, the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), of a $500,000 grant to support the lab's construction and operation.

The program featured:

  • Adam Pollet, Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • George Van Dusen, Mayor of the Village of Skokie
  • Margaret B. Lee, President, Oakton Community College
  • Mark Harris, President and CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
  • Michael Rosen, Senior Vice President, Forest City Science + Technology Group

The NE3I is a partnership among the Village of Skokie, Oakton Community College, the Illinois Science + Technology Park and NSERVE, a consortium of the nine local high schools in the Oakton Community College district. The initiative, made possible in part through a generous grant from the State of Illinois, provides classroom training in nanotechnology research, hands-on equipment for high school and community college faculty and helps to fund and advise on development of a four-course nanotechnician certification program at Oakton Community College.

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