Combining Community With COD

The College of DuPage has paid off almost the entire debt from the 2002 referendum. They are now embarking on a listening tour to present the community with a 168 million dollar wish list. After the success of that first referendum, COD is looking towards a possible second referendum to fund their wish list.

Kathy Wessel, Chairman of the COD Board of Trustees said, “We need to think about the future and the needs that will help us serve the community for the next 10 years, the next 20 years.”

On the wish list are additions to the Homeland Security Education Center, increased parking, and changes to structures such as the library, Physical Education Center and Arts Center. A top priority of COD is hearing from the entire community, and not just the students enrolled there.

“Almost everyone in the community knows that COD exists, but many are not aware of all the things that we do and we want to be sure that we’re stressing the community in community college,” said Wessel.

If the referendum does pass, the taxpayers would still be footing the bill.

DuPage County resident, Faye Houdek said, “Times are tough now, so a referendum like that may not help now.”

Ryan Goble, also a DuPage County resident, said, “I think that community colleges are what makes the community strong and what creates educational opportunities for a large percentage of our population leaving high school, so I think you should rain cash on COD.”

The referendum is not on the fall ballot yet, and before the College of DuPage proceeds with any plans for development, officials at the college want as much feedback as possible from you.

“We are there to listen and to hear, and it’s not just listening. People can respond by email. Last night on a meeting a person handed us an envelope with some comments on it. We’ll take people’s input however they want to give it to us,” said Wessel.

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